PM Narendra Modi asks states to focus on micro-containment zones

Covid-19: Modi raises red flag for India's 60 districts

Noting that most of the Covid-19 patients were asymptomatic, Modi said an effective messaging was all the more important as rumours often get spread and the common man wonders if the testing is wrong. "If you focus on these 60 districts and make a week-long plan to give one hour daily for direct dialogue with one-two blocks/tehsils, it could bring seriousness and sincerity at the ground level to combat coronavirus" the PM told Chief Ministers of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

"The nationwide lockdown in the initial phases yielded very positive results and our focus now should be on micro-containment zones", he said. "It might create doubts in people's minds that testing is bad", He said, he also warned against scenarios in which because of lack of communication, people may commit the mistake of underestimating the severity of infection. Modi said it was also time to move ahead on the economic front in the country.

"There are more than 700 districts in the country.However, only 60 districts in 7 states are a cause of worry", said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a virtual meeting with chief ministers of seven states and Union Territories that have the highest number of coronavirus cases in India.

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It is hard to make wearing masks a habit, but we will not be able to get the desired results if we don't make it a part of our daily life, he said in the meeting. "We've to learn from the best practices from across the states", said PM in meeting with CMs.

Apart from that, Prime Minister also said that on September 25, Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) will be completing two years. "I applaud all doctors and medical staff", stated the PM.

These states also account for 65.5% of the total confirmed cases and 77% of the total deaths, a statement had said earlier.

Maharashtra, Delhi and Punjab are reporting a case fatality rate of at least 2 per cent. "He also sought expeditious release of Rs 200 crore that the state government had requested as the next tranche of central aid for Covid management", it added. Other than Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, their positivity rate is observed to be above the national average of 8.52 per cent. Delhi's COVID-19 situation is being monitored by a joint team of Centre and the Delhi government. High-level review with the States/UTs has ensured adequate availability of medical oxygen in the hospitals and COVID healthcare facilities.

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