Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high-level virtual meeting on the Covid-19 situation with Chief Ministers of 11 states and Union Territories which have reported the maximum number of cases recently.
Noting that the virus is affecting several states as well as Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities at once, PM Modi called for working together to fight the pandemic with collective power. He said the biggest basis of India’s success during the first wave of the pandemic was our united efforts and united strategy and reiterated that we will have to address this challenge in the same way.
PM Modi assured the Centre’s full support to all the states in this fight. He added that the Ministry of Health is also in touch with the states and is monitoring the situation closely and issuing necessary advice to the states from time to time. On oxygen supply, PM Modi took note of the points raised by the states. He said there is a continuous effort to increase the oxygen supply.
All the concerned departments and ministries of the government are also working together. Industrial oxygen has also been diverted to meet immediate requirements. He also made a point that the vaccination drive should not slow down and highlighted that the vaccine will be available for everyone above 18 years of age, from May 1 onwards.