New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Wednesday held a virtual meeting of all chief ministers over rising Covid-19 cases in the country and asked them to take quick and decisive steps to curb the transmission and prevent nationwide outbreak.
India recorded the highest daily spike of this year on Wednesday with 28,903 Covid-19 cases and 188 deaths. The maximum number of cases were reported in Maharashtra.
Mr Modi said India has been appreciated around the world in its fight against corona virus and decisive steps like micro-containment and restrictions must be taken immediately to prevent the “emerging second wave”.
“If we don’t act now, there will be a nationwide outbreak,” Mr Modi warned. The Prime Minister suggested micro- zoning of an area instead of complete lockdown and appealed for increasing daily tests and contact tracing.
He said the positivity rate in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh was very high and must be brought down. Mr Modi’s last interaction with the chief ministers was in early January, just before the commencement of the nationwide Covid-19 vaccination programme.
The Wednesday meeting was not attended by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Bhagel.