NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid stress on 'test, track and treat' policy and urged the people to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour to curb the coronavirous manace.
The Prime Minister on Thursday interacted with chief ministers of states to take stock of the Covid-19 situation and stressed containment zones and implementation of 'corona curfew' to stem the outbreak.
The Prime Minister appealed to the citizens of the country to get themselves inoculated with COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Even as the world's largest vaccination drive went underway in India in mid-January this year, the Covid-19 outbreak has resurfaced with even more potency as the country is now witnessing an alarming new wave of infections over the past two weeks.
"There shouldn't be any relaxation in our efforts due to COVID fatigue. The country has crossed the peak of the first wave and the growth rate is much faster than the earlier one. This time people have grown much more casual, in some States even the administrations too. In such a situation, sharp rise of cases has created difficulties. This is a serious concern," he said, and added that 100 per cent vaccination of 45+ population in the high focus districts should be achieved.
As many as 1,26,789 people tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2, or Covid-19, virus in the past one day, the highest ever for India since the outbreak. To make matters worse, several states in the country are complaining of vaccine shortage and poor quality of ventilators as hospitals once again get overwhelmed due to the mounting cases.
The country's infection tally now stands at 1,29,28,574, while the death toll got pushed to 1,66,862 after 685 more people succumbed to the deadly infection in the past one day.
The Prime Minister called for 'teeka utsav'- vaccination festivals between April 11 and April 14. The Prime Minister cautioned against carelessness. He said, "We had to keep in mind that despite vaccination, there shouldn't be lowering of guard and proper precautions should continue to be taken." Modi said, "Night curfew has been accepted experiment globally to contain the COVID-19 spread and called for popularizing such restrictions, which have already been imposed in various parts of the country, as 'corona curfew' to spread awareness among people." (Agencies)
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