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PM Insists On RT-PCR Tests

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Odisha Government to go for more RT-PCR Tests.

He insisted on more RT-PCR tests in states which give more emphasis to Rapid antigen tests.

States like Odisha, Chhattisgarh Kerala and Uttar Pradesh are giving more emphasis on Rapid Anti Gen Tests.

PM interacted with the Chief Ministers of various states today regarding the COVID-19 situation via video conference.

The Chief Ministers praised the leadership of the Prime Minister in the fight against Covid.

They thanked the Prime Minister for the smooth implementation of the vaccination drive all across the country, while also giving their inputs and suggestions to further expand the vaccination coverage.

The challenge of maintaining Covid appropriate behaviour in the general public was also discussed, in light of the recent rise in the number of cases in some states.

The Chief Ministers agreed on the requirement of greater vigilance and monitoring of the situation.

Union Home Minister listed out the districts on which the Chief Ministers need to put special focus, in order to contain the spread of the virus.

Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on the current Covid situation in the country and the vaccination strategy.

Addressing the Chief Ministers, the Prime Minister said that more than 96% of the cases in India have recovered and India is having one of the lowest fatality rates in the world.

He expressed concern about the high test positivity rate in Maharashtra and MP. 70 districts of the country witnessed 150 percent rise in the last few weeks. He urged to stop this emerging “second peak” of Corona immediately and warned that if we do not stop this growing pandemic now, then a country-wide outbreak can occur.

For stopping this emerging “second peak” of Corona, the Prime Minister stressed the need to take quick and decisive steps. Noting that the seriousness of the local Administration about the use of masks is going down, the PM called for immediate addressing of the governance problems at the regional level.

He warned that the confidence which came from our achievements in the battle against Corona should not turn into negligence. He further stressed that the public should not be brought to panic mode and at the same time also get rid of trouble.

He stressed the need to strategize by incorporating our past experiences, in our efforts.

The Prime Minister noted the need for provision of micro containment zones. He stressed the need to be serious about ‘Test, Track and Treat’ as we have been doing for the last one year.

He said it is very important to track every infected person’s contacts in the shortest time and keep the RT-PCR test rate above 70 percent.

The Prime Minister urged to increase testing and to pay special attention to the “referral system” and “ambulance network” in small cities. He said this is because now the whole country has opened up for travel and the number of people travelling has also increased. He stressed on the need for a new mechanism for sharing information among themselves. Similarly, responsibility of following the SOP for surveillance of the contacts of the travelers coming from abroad have also increased.

The Prime Minister remarked that we need to identify mutants of coronavirus and assess their effects. He lauded the continually increased pace of vaccination in the country and the vaccination rates crossing more than 3 million vaccinations in a single day. But at the same time he warned to take the problem of vaccine doses wastage very seriously.

He noted that the vaccine waste in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh to the tune of  10 percent. He urged to immediately correct the drawbacks of planning and governance at the local level to reduce vaccine waste.