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NEW DELHI: As the new Covid-19 strain Omicron continues to spread rapidly in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday chaired a high-level meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in India.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the review meeting on Covid 19 situation, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other officials were present at the meeting.

The meeting was scheduled to be held at around 4:30 pm.

This is the Prime Minister’s first Covid-19 review meet since 24 December, when the Omicron variant had just made an appearance in India.

PM Modi stressed on the need to ensure adequate health infrastructure at the district level. He asked officials to maintain co-ordination regarding this with the state. The PM has directed that intensive containment and active surveillance should continue in clusters reporting higher cases and required technical support be provided to states which are reporting higher cases presently. 

He highlighted the need to ensure effective usage of masks and physical distancing measures as a new normal to control the spread. PM Modi further exhorted the need for effective implementation of Home Isolation for mild/asymptomatic cases and to disseminate the factual information to the community at large.

PM Modi said that a meeting with CMs will be convened to discuss state-specific scenarios, best-practices and the public health response. He further highlighted the need to ensure continuity of non-Covid health services while managing Covid cases presently. He also spoke about the need to leverage telemedicine to ensure availability of health related guidance to people in remote and rural areas.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 159,632 fresh Covid-19 cases today, nudging several state governments to impose fresh curbs.

India’s tally of the Omicron variant has reached 3,623 today. Of 3,623 Omicron cases, Maharashtra tops the chart with 1,009 cases, followed by Delhi (513) and Karnataka (441).

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing the review meeting on Covid 19 situation, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Sunday. (ANI Photo)

Maharashtra, said on Saturday it would close swimming pools and gyms from Monday while schools and colleges have been closed till 15 February after daily cases in the state jumped to over 41,000.

The state government has said only fully vaccinated people will be allowed into private offices while limiting the capacity to 50% of the total workforce.

In the neighbouring state of Gujarat, authorities have extended night curfew hours and cancelled leave for all healthcare personnel.

The health ministry reported 327 new deaths, taking the official death toll since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to 483,790

11 new medical colleges in Tamil Nadu

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate 11 New Government Medical Colleges across Tamil Nadu and the new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil in Chennai on January 12 at 4 PM through video conferencing, informed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on Monday.
According to PMO, the new medical colleges are being established at an estimated cost of about Rs 4,000 crore, out of which around Rs 2,145 crore has been provided by the Union government and the rest by the Tamil Nadu government. The districts in which the new Medical Colleges are being established are Virudhunagar, Namakkal, The Nilgiris, Tiruppur, Thiruvallur, Nagapattinam, Dindigul, Kallakurichi, Ariyalur, Ramanathapuram and Krishnagiri.
“Establishment of these medical colleges is in line with the Prime Minister’s constant endeavour to promote affordable medical education and improve health infrastructure in all parts of the country. The new medical colleges, with a cumulative capacity of 1,450 seats, are being established under the Centrally Sponsored scheme of ‘Establishing of New Medical Colleges attached with existing district/referral hospital’. Under the scheme, medical colleges are established in districts, which do not have either a government or private medical college,” stated the PMO.
As per the PMO, the establishment of a new campus of Central Institute of Classical Tamil (CICT) in Chennai is in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to protect and preserve Indian heritage and promote classical languages.
The new campus is fully funded by the Union Government and is built at a cost of Rs 24 Crore. CICT, which was operating from a rented building so far, will now operate from a new 3 storey campus. The new campus is equipped with a spacious library, an e-library, seminar halls and a multimedia hall, it said. (ANI)