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PM tells States to check 'Covid fatigue' as cases surge
By TOG News service
Apr 09, 2021

TOG NEWS SERVICE, NEW DELHI, APR 09, 2021: THE Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi virtually interacted with the all chief ministers on Thursday as daily COVID-19 cases in the country hit record highs during the second wave of infections and forced many States to impose tighter curbs.

The Prime Minister attributed the rising cases to 'Covid fatigue' among the people and some State administrations.

"People have become lax. The cases are rising because administrations are also getting lax. We must work on war footing to ensure Covid fatigue does not disrupt the lowering of cases," the PM said.

Mr Modi emphasised that last year India lacked the proper equipment and infrastructure to tackle the pandemic, and the only solution had been the lockdown to buy time to build the resources.

"We have better experience, resources and also the vaccine," he said, adding that people's involvement has also contributed to managing the situation.

The PM asked the chief ministers to focus on micro-containment zones and reiterated the mantra of 'test, track and treat' besides promoting COVID-appropriate behaviour and management.

He also emphasised the need for comprehensive data on deaths with detailed analysis and asked States to join webinars organised by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi every Tuesday and Friday.

Home Minister Mr Amit Shah said over 9 crore people have been immunised so far and the government expects the vaccination drive for people above the age 45 to be completed soon. States were asked to observe a 'Tika Utsav' (vaccine festival) from April 11-14, to vaccinate the maximum number of eligible beneficiaries against the virus.