“In states where the testing rate is low and where the positivity rate is high, there is a need to increase testing,” PM Modi pointed out at Gujarat, Bihar etc.
New Delhi| Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday spoke to the Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on the status of Coronavirus fight. He said that with ease in identifying and preventing of COVID-19, the percentage of active cases has decreased. “The recovery rate is constantly improving. This means that our efforts are succeeding. The most important thing is that trust and confidence among the people have increased, the atmosphere of fear has also decreased,” PM Modi said.
However, PM Modi also pulled up states like Gujarat and Bihar for their low testing rates. He said, “In states where the testing rate is low and where the positivity rate is high, there is a need to increase testing. In particular, Bihar, Gujarat, UP, West Bengal and Telangana.”
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PM Modi said that experts are saying that if the infection is identified within the first 72 hours, then the infection transmission can be slowed down. “Those around the infected person should also be tested in 72 hours. It is a matter of washing hands, wearing a mask, not spitting anywhere. A new mantra has to be conveyed to the public regarding this. Through these things, we can reverse the situation of these 10 states with more cases,” PM Modi added.
Modi’s 7th meeting with states on Coronavirus in 5 months
This was PM Modi’s 7th meeting with the states on Corona in 5 months. So far, 22.67 lakh cases of corona have come to light in the country and more than 45 thousand people have died. Permission was given to open gym and health centres in Unlock-3 which started last month.