New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a meeting with senior ministers and officials to take stock of Coronavirus situation in different states and Union Territories amid the rise in virus cases. In the meeting, PM Modi took cognizance of the recommendations of the Empowered Group, and city & district wise requirements of hospital beds/isolation beds, the government said in a statement. Also Read - World Zoonoses Day 2020: What is Zoonosis And How Does The Infectious Disease Spread
The meeting was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Health Secretary, DG ICMR and other related conveyance of the Empowered Groups. Also Read - Mitigate Airborne Spread of COVID-19, 239 Scientists Urge WHO
In view of the challenges being faced, particularly by the large cities, it was decided to augment testing as well as the number of beds and services to effectively handle the peak surge of daily cases, the government said in a statement. Also Read - Gold-Plated Coffee Cups & Even Bathtubs: Vietnam Opens World's First 'Gold-Plated Hotel'| Pics Inside
Further, Modi also instructed health ministry officials to undertake emergency planning in consultation with the States/UTs.
During the meet, it was observed that two-thirds of India’s COVID-19 infection load are in five states with an overwhelming proportion of cases in big cities, the statement said.
After crossing the psychological 3,00,000 mark, India on Saturday posted 11,458 fresh cases, the highest spike in cases in 24 hours. A total of 386 people died during that same time taking the toll to 8,884 so far since the first case was reported on January 30, the Health Ministry data said. For the fifth consecutive day, the number of recoveries (1,54,329) remained higher than the active ones (1,45,779).