PM Modi chairs COVID-19 review meet, asks states for aggressive testing

PM Modi chairs COVID-19 review meet, asks states for aggressive testing
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday chaired a meet of all CMs. He directed all states to focus on testing. He emphasised micro-containment to break the chain of transmission of the second Covid wave.

Mr Modi reiterated that vaccination is a long-term strategy against the pandemic. He appealed to states to achieve 100 per cent vaccination of the 45-plus population. Calling for a vaccination Utsav between the birth anniversaries of Jyotiba Phule and B R Ambedkar, he focuses on combating the deadly virus.

During his online interaction with Chief Ministers he stressed the importance of testing as a strategy. The meeting comes amid allegations of partiality and politics by Centre towards non-BJP ruled states.

Talking about resourcefulness, Mr Modi said the states have to prioritise and make best possible use of whatever is available.

During the meeting, Mr Modi asked the states to focus on testing. “We have to bring down the positivity rate under 5 per cent and our target is to achieve 70 per cent RT PCR testing.”

He also asked the states to compile data on mortality. This will help in prioritising cases as per the need of treatment.

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