Prime Minister Modi interacts with CMs of six states


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 16, 2021, interacted with the Chief Ministers of six states to discuss the COVID-19 situation. The six states are- Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, and Maharashtra.

The interaction has come after the Union Health Ministry had raised the issue of violation of COVID-19 norms in various parts of the country, particularly the hill stations, and directed the State Governments to focus on public health measures to combat the deadly pandemic.

Earlier on July 13, 2021, Prime Minister took stock of the COVID-19 situation with the Chief Ministers of the Northeastern States.

Acknowledging that India is still in the grip of the second wave, a detailed analysis of the pandemic situation of the northeastern states was done in the meeting.

Reasons behind 3rd wave of COVID-19 pandemic:

The Director of AIIMS, Randeep Guleria has stated that the emergence of more transmissible COVID-19 variants that are capable of escaping the immunity shield, waning immunity, and lockdown relaxations can be the likely cause of 3rd wave in India.

It can only be mitigated by following the COVID-appropriate behaviour such as using masks, maintaining social distancing, and taking vaccines.

WHO warns against new variants of COVID-19:

The expert committee of the World Health Organisation has also warned that the new concerning variants of Coronavirus are expected to spread around the world, which will make it even harder to stop the pandemic.

In a statement, the emergency committee had stated that the pandemic is not finished yet. There is a strong likelihood for the emergence and the global spread of new and dangerous variants of concern that can be even more challenging to control.

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