PM Modi Chairs Covid Review Meeting; Mandaviya to Interact With State Health Ministers Tomorrow

Amid a surge in coronavirus cases, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday is likely to chair a meeting on the COVID situation in the country.

Updated: January 9, 2022 6:16 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Snigdha Choudhury

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a meeting on the COVID situation as the country continues to witness a massive surge of coronavirus cases. PM Modi had last held a review meeting on the COVID situation in the country on December 24 during which he emphasised on vaccination and remaining “vigilant”.

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Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya will also hold a meeting with state health minister to discuss Covid-19 situation. The meeting will take place at 3:30 pm and to be attended by health ministers of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu.

PM Modi’s latest COVID review meeting update comes after India recorded 1,59,632 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest in 224 days, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am. In May 29 last year, India had logged 1,65,553 infections in a day. The active cases increased to 5,90,611, the highest in around 197 days.

Meanwhile, India logged 552 new cases of Omicron, taking the total tally of such infections to 3,623 across 27 states and UTs so far, the union health ministry said in the latest update. Out of the total Omicron cases, 1,409 people have migrated or recovered. Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,009 cases followed by Delhi at 513, Karnataka 441, Rajasthan 373, Kerala 333 and Gujarat 204.

The cumulative doses administered in the country so far under the The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive has exceeded 151.58 crore. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23. The 327 new fatalities include 242 from Kerala and 19 from West Bengal. A total of 4,83,790 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 1,41,627 from Maharashtra, 49,547 from Kerala, 38,366 from Karnataka, 36,843 from Tamil Nadu, 25,143 from Delhi, 22,924 from Uttar Pradesh and 19,883 from West Bengal.

The ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. “Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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Published Date: January 9, 2022 10:35 AM IST

Updated Date: January 9, 2022 6:16 PM IST