Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be discussing the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation across the country on Tuesday and Wednesday with the chief ministers of all states. There has been a huge increase in the number of cases in the country over the past two weeks, with India currently having the fourth highest number of cases in the world – 3,43,091 cases – after the US, Brazil and Russia. Altogether 9,915 persons have died in the country so far, and there were 11,502 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
The PM will discuss over the next two days the plans ahead for the country. He will hold videoconference with 21 states and union territories at 3 pm on Tuesday and will discuss the matter with chief ministers of the states that have been most affected, on Wednesday. Wednesday’s meeting will be with the CMs of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka among others. These states have the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
The PM is expected to take suggestions from the CMs and ask about their requirements in the face of this unprecedented crisis. He is also expected to ask the states to increase the number of tests and how to keep the economy going with adequate precautions.
From June 1, lockdown restrictions have been lifted and shopping malls, restaurants, hotels have been re-opened along with public transport, offices and places of worship – leading to a spike in the number of cases. Despite rules on social distancing, the number of cases has increased across the country.