COVID-19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination and coronavirus-related situation in the country.
The officials briefed the PM on the current coronavirus-related situation in India. He was also briefed that testing has gone up rapidly in the country, from around 50 lakh tests per week in early March to around 1.3 crore tests per week now.
They also informed the PM about the gradually decreasing test positivity rate and increasing recovery rate. It was discussed that cases that had gone over 4 lakh cases per day are now coming down as a result of the efforts by healthcare workers, state governments, and central government.
PM Narendra Modi said that localised containment strategies were the need of the hour, especially for states where TPR in districts is high. The Prime Minister instructed that testing needs to be scaled up further, with the use of both RT PCR and Rapid Tests, especially in areas with high test positivity rates.
PM said that states should be encouraged to report their numbers transparently without any pressure of high numbers showing adversely on their efforts.
Even as he asked for augmentation of healthcare resources in rural areas to focus on door-to-door testing and surveillance. He also spoke about empowering ASHA and Anganwadi workers with all necessary tools. PM asked for guidelines to be made available in easy language along with illustrations for home isolation and treatment in rural areas.
The Prime Minister, during a meeting over the COVID-19 vaccination and coronavirus-related situation in India, directed that a distribution plan for ensuring oxygen supply in rural areas should be worked out, including through the provision of Oxygen Concentrators.
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