New Delhi: As the coronavirus pandemic curve in India continues to rise relentlessly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday chair a high-level virtual meeting with the chief ministers of seven worst-hit states to review the status and preparedness of COVID-19 response management.Also Read - Shane Warne in Self-Isolation After Testing Positive For COVID-19: Report

Chief ministers of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu will attend the meeting, along with Delhi and Punjab that have reported an increase in the number of cases being reported recently, officials said. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi to Launch e-RUPI on August 2: Know All About The New Digital Payment Platform

It must be noted that these states/UTs constitute more than 63 per cent of the active cases in the country. They also account for 65.5 per cent of the total confirmed cases and 77 per cent of the cumulative fatalities in India. Also Read - Vaccine-Resistant Epsilon Variant of Covid-19 Detected in Pakistan, Raises Alarm For India

Earlier today, the health ministry tried to allay the fears of reduced testing being the reason behind the increased COVID-19 recoveries in the country. The ministry went on to assert that India is the top country globally with the maximum number of recovered cases.

Notably, India’s cumulative recoveries of coronavirus infection have been exceeding the number of daily infections as was seen in the last four days. The highest gap was seen on Tuesday when recoveries surpassed fresh cases by a margin of 25,000 infections.

The Centre has been leading the fight against COVID-19 by deputing multi-disciplinary teams and maintaining effective collaboration and close coordination with the state governments, hand-holding them in matters of containment, surveillance, COVID testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases.

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.

As of Tuesday morning, India’s COVID-19 tally has surpassed the 55 lakh-mark after 75,083 fresh cases were detected in the last 24 hours. Out of the 55, 62,664 total cases, 9,75,861 are currently active, 44,97,868 have recovered. The death toll has soared to 88,935.