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Virtual meeting held by PM Modi, attended by CMs of several states

Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted an online discussion with a number of chief ministers today, in the midst of a countrywide surge in Covid cases over the last week.

The conference focused on state-specific Covid issues, including best practices and public health response. The Prime Minister asked all governments to guarantee enough health facilities at the district level, as well as to speed up the immunisation campaign for youngsters aged 15 to 18.

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Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh), Himanta Biswa Sarma (Assam), Charanjit Channi (Punjab), Ashok Gehlot (Rajasthan), N Rangaswamy (Puducherry), and Biplab Deb (Tripura) were among those who attended this virtual meeting.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Home Minister Amit Shah both checked in, as did Karnataka’s Basavaraj Bommai and Mizoram’s Zoramthanga.

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On Sunday, the Prime Minister met with Mr Amit Shah, Mr Mandaviya, and other government officials, emphasising the need of expanding Covid-19 testing and genome sequencing.

States have set new restrictions to halt the spread of new illnesses.

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The increase in instances coincides with the preparations for Assembly elections in five states, including politically important and heavily populated Uttar Pradesh, during the next two months. Punjab (one of the few surviving Congress-ruled states), Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand are also voting.

The Election Commission, on the other hand, rebuffed these pleas, citing the Constitution and stating that it will issue guidelines to limit the spread of the virus during campaigning and voting.

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Physical campaign events and rallies have been prohibited by the election commission until January 15.

Along with frontline workers and those over 60 with co-morbidities booster, or ‘precautionary,’ doses have been made available, and vaccinations have also been made available to youngsters aged 15 to 18.

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This morning, India recorded 2.47 lakh new cases in the preceding 24 hours, a 25% rise from yesterday and a startling 172% spike from one week ago.

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