New Delhi: While interacting with Chief Ministers of states and Union Territories on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised on giving importance to both economy as well as continuing India’s fight against COVID -19 or coronavirus pandemic. During the virtual interaction with the state heads, PM also underlined the impact of nationwide lockdown and claimed that the restrictions have yielded positive results as country has managed to save thousands of lives in the past one and half month months’. Also Read - Bihar: 38 Children at Remand Home Test Positive For Coronavirus, Admitted to Hospital

He also asserted that impact of Coronavirus will remain visible in the coming month and masks, face covers will be part of our life. Furthermore, the Prime Minister stressed on the importance of usage of technology as much as possible and also to utilize time to embrace reform measures, the PMO statement read. Also Read - Bengal Elections: BJP Will Not Hold Big Public Meetings Anymore, to Hand Out Masks to 6 Crore People

“PM Modi emphasized on the significance of ensuring that more people download the AarogyaSetu app to bolster the efforts of the country in the battle against COVID-19”, it added. Also Read - How People Above 18 Should Register For Vaccine. Step-by-Step Guide

The Prime Minister also lauded state governments and said that situation in many countries, incl India, was almost similar at the start of March. However, due to timely measures, India has been able to protect many people.

Notably, this was Modi’s fourth such interaction with state chief ministers since March 22 when he first spoke to them on the coronavirus situation and steps taken –both by the Centre and the states– to contain the pandemic. Two days later on March 24, Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. He extended the lockdown till May 3 on April 14, the last day of the initial three week shutdown.

Among those present at the virtual meet, included Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and top officials from the PMO and Union Health Ministry. The chief ministers who attended the meeting included Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra), E K Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), Conrad Sangma (Meghalaya), Trivendra Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh).