PM Modi to host meeting with top officials; discussion on Covid-19 situation, vaccination


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with top officials on Saturday and to conduct discussion on the country’s coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation and the ongoing vaccination program. The meeting is set to begin at 10.30 a.m.

It comes as a result of the emergence of a new coronavirus variant known as the Omicron. The World Health Organization has already classified the strain as a “variant of concern” (WHO).

This will be Modi’s second such meeting this month. On November 3, he met with officials from districts with low vaccination coverage as well as the chief ministers of those districts.

According to news agency ANI, the meeting will be attended by Union cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba, PM’s principal secretary PK Mishra, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan, and NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India passed the 1.21 billion dose mark on Saturday. As of 8 a.m. on the day, 1,210,658,262 doses of the vaccine had been administered to eligible beneficiaries.

On Saturday, 8,318 new cases of Covid-19 were reported across the country, with 465 fatalities. The total number of confirmed infections has now reached 34,563,749, with 467,933 deaths, according to the ministry’s dashboard. The active caseload decreased by 3,114 cases to 107,019. Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) reported that 969,354 samples were tested for the disease in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of samples tested to 638,247,889 so far.

In terms of the new omicron variant, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan issued a warning letter to states and union territories on November 25 informing them of the new variant and requesting that passengers arriving from or transiting through countries where cases have been detected be thoroughly tested.

“All international travellers departing from and transiting through these countries, as well as all other ‘at risk’ countries, must be subjected to thorough screening and testing.” “These international travellers’ contacts must also be closely monitored and tested,” Bhushan wrote in his letter.

“In light of recently relaxed visa restrictions and the opening up of international travel,” he added, “this variant is reported to have a significantly high number of mutations and thus has serious public health implications for the country.”

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