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PM to Review Status & Preparedness of COVID response & management in 7 High Focus States/UTs on Wed

PM  to Review Status & Preparedness of COVID response & management in 7 High Focus States/UTs on Wed

New Delhi, Sep 22(uni) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a high level virtual meeting with the Chief Ministers and Health Ministers of seven COVID high burden States/UT, including Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi, on Wednesday to review the status and preparedness of COVID response and management, the Prime Minister's office said on Tuesday.

More than 63 per cent of the Active Cases of the country are concentrated in these seven States/ UTs - Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Punjab.

These states also account for 65.5 per cent of the total confirmed cases and 77 per cent of the total deaths. Along with the other five States, Punjab and Delhi have reported an increase in the number of cases being reported recently. Maharashtra, Punjab and Delhi are reporting high mortality with more than 2.0 per cent Case Fatality Rate (CFR). Other than Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, their positivity rate is observed to be above the national average of 8.52 per cent.

The Centre has been leading the fight against COVID in the country in effective collaboration and close coordination with the State/UT governments.

The Union Government is supporting them to ramp up the healthcare and medical infrastructure.

The clinical management capacities of the doctors manning the ICUs have been substantially upgraded through the e-ICU tele-consultation exercise undertaken by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in collaboration with AIIMS, New Delhi.

High level review with the States/UTs has ensured adequate availability of medical oxygen in the hospitals and COVID healthcare facilities.

The Centre is also regularly deputing multi-disciplinary teams to States/UTs to support and handhold them in matters of containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. The Central teams also guide the local authorities in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and needed follow up.

UNI AR 2037/2123

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