New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a high-level virtual meeting with Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of seven worst COVID-19-hit states/UTs on Wednesday to take stock of the virus outbreak in their respective units. Notably, states/UT whose CMs would participate in the meeting are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab. Also Read - COVID-19 Escalated into ‘Syndemic’ for Chronic Disease Patients, Says Study

Notably, the above-mentioned states/UTs have been reporting high virus caseload, with them contributing over 65.5 per cent of the total confirmed cases in the country. They also account for 77 per cent of the cumulative fatalities in India. Also Read - Indians to Get Free COVID-19 Vaccine, Says Union Minister After Backlash From Opposition

“The PM will chair a high-level virtual meeting with the CMs and health ministers of seven Covid-19 high-burden states and union territories (UTs) on Wednesday to review the status and preparedness of the response and management of the viral outbreak,” a government statement on Tuesday said. Also Read - Israel to start human trials of COVID vaccine on Nov 1

“High-level review with the states has ensured adequate availability of oxygen in hospitals and dedicated Covid-19 healthcare facilities. The Centre is also regularly deputing multi-disciplinary teams to states and UTs to support and handhold them in matters of containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of Covid-19 cases. The Central teams also guide the local authorities in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, the prime minister has been regularly holding meetings to review the pandemic situation across the country. His last COVID-19 review meeting was on August 11 with chief ministers and representatives of 10 most-affected states, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.

Notably, India has been adding nearly 1 lakh COVID cases/day to its infection daily. After the United States, India is the second worst coronavirus-hit country in the world.