New Delhi: Amid rising number of coronavirus cases across the country, all eyes are set on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with heads of states and UTs. He will call on chief ministers of states, UTs over the next two days — Tuesday and Wednesday. Also Read - Arunachal Pradesh Lockdown News: Week-long Total Shutdown in Itanagar, Nagarlagun From July 6 | Detailed Guidelines Soon
At around 3 PM today, PM Modi will hold a video conference with CMs of 21 states and UTs, including Punjab, Assam, Kerala and all northeastern states. Tomorrow, he will hold talks with CMs of 15 worst-hit states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Delhi. Also Read - Lockdown Extension in Tamil Nadu: CM Palaniswami Reimposes Lockdown in Madurai, Neighbouring Areas Till July 12
These will be the sixth and seventh meetings between the Prime Minister and various chief ministers ever since the COVID-19 has created havoc across the nation. Also Read - Another Indian Expat Falls Asleep in The Same Terminal at Dubai, Misses Flight to Kerala
Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases across the country soared to 3,43,091 and the death toll inched closer to 10,000–9,900 to be specific even as the central and state governments stepped up their focus on ramping up testing capabilities and availability of beds for treating those infected with the dreaded virus infection.
Maharashtra notched a new high of 178 COVID-19 deaths yesterday, sending the state toll zooming past the 4,000 mark, while the second-highest number of cured patients were discharged. The state also recorded 2,786 new patients, taking the total of 110,744, but a stupendous recovery rate of 50.61 per cent.
With the latest fatalities, the state death toll zoomed past 4,000 to touch 4,128 while the total number of Coronavirus patients catapulted to 110,744 — both highest in the country.