PM Modi to hold high-level meeting amid new Covid threat

New Delhi | Updated: 22 December, 2022 1:17 pm IST
The meeting comes a day after Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya took stock of Covid situation in India and asked people to start taking precautions by wearing masks in crowded places, and getting vaccinated.
The meeting comes a day after Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya took stock of Covid situation in India and asked people to start taking precautions by wearing masks in crowded places, and getting vaccinated.

Amid growing concern of Covid’s BF.7 variant which is wreaking havoc in China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will scheduled to chair a virtual high-level in New Delhi on Thursday to review the health situation in India.

Aspects related to Covid infection and protocols will be taken up during the meeting.

At least 4 cases of BF.7 have been reported in India so far.

The meeting comes a day after Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya took stock of Covid situation in India and asked people to start taking precautions by wearing masks in crowded places, and getting vaccinated.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will also hold an emergency meeting on Thursday with deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia and other senior officials of the health department. The national capital has reported one death in the last 24 hours.

The Maharashtra health department has also asked district administrations and municipal corporations to increase the number of Covid-19 tests.

As per media reports, random sample testing for Coronavirus will be conducted at airports for international passengers arriving from China and other countries affected by the new Covid variant.

The BF.7 variant has been blamed for a sudden increase in infections in China, overwhelming its health infrastructure in Beijing and several other cities. Hospitals are not able to cope up with the huge influx of patients and pharmacies have run out of medicine. Beijing reported five deaths from Covid on Tuesday.

This variant is much more transmissible than earlier coronavirus strains, health experts have warned.

India has currently more than 3400 active cases of Covid-19 infection, with the positivity rate standing at 0.19 per cent.

On Tuesday, the Central government appealed to all states and Union territories to ramp up the genome sequencing of positive samples to keep track of emerging variants.

In a letter, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that such an exercise will enable timely detection of newer variants, if any, circulating in the country and will facilitate the undertaking of requisite public health measures.

Several countries including China, Japan, South Korea, France and the US have seen a surge in Covid cases in the recent past.

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