Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high-level virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of seven COVID high burden States/UT to review the status and preparedness of COVID response and management, Wednesday.
Over 63 percent of the active COVID-19 cases of the country concentrated in these states Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab they will participate in the review meeting.
The state and UTs also account for 65.5 per cent of the total confirmed cases and 77 per cent of the total deaths. Along with the other five States, Punjab and Delhi have reported an increase in the number of cases being reported recently. Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi are reporting high mortality with more than 2.0 percent Case Fatality Rate (CFR). Other than Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, their positivity rate is observed to be above the national average of 8.52 per cent.
“High level review with the States/UTs has ensured adequate availability of medical oxygen in the hospitals and COVID healthcare facilities. The Centre is also regularly deputing multi-disciplinary teams to States/UTs to support and handhold them in matters of containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. The Central teams also guide the local authorities in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and needed follow up,” a statement said.
According to the Union Health Ministry data, India is the second worst coronavirus hit country in the world after the United States, has more than 55 lakh casesWith 75,809 new cases in the past 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally jumped to 55,62,663.