On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a high-level meeting to take stock of the ongoing efforts to control COVID-19. In the review meeting, he discussed ways to further improve the country’s preparedness, which includes enhancing testing facilities.
PM Modi stressed on actively engaging with individuals, local communities, and organizations in laying out the mechanisms to contain the COVID-19 crisis. He even requested officials and technical experts to think and come up with the steps that need to be taken next.
Further, the PM expressed gratitude to all the people who are at the forefront of battling COVID-19. These include the different State Governments, medical fraternity, paramedical staff, armed and paramilitary forces, professionals associated with the aviation sector, municipal staff, and others.
Recently, he also launched a COVID-19 Solution Challenge in which he sought tech-based solutions to deal with it. The three winners would receive prize money worth Rs. 1 lac, 50k, and 25k.
Earlier, he took to his official Twitter handle and sent out the message to the people of India. He asked them not to panic and take the necessary precautions during the COVID-19 outbreak. Amid the outbreak, he canceled his Holi Milan program. Also, he wrote a letter to Chinese President XI Jinping and offered assistance to help deal with Novel Coronavirus.
Also, setting an example for the whole world, the PM even led a video conference with the leaders of the SAARC nations. He announced Rs. 10 million dollars towards the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Emergency Fund and asked others to make voluntary contributions. He urged them to share the best practices and proposed the creation of a Research Center to control epidemic diseases. They together outlined a common strategy to combat the outbreak.
Moreover, the PM would be addressing the nation today at 8 PM. During the address, he would speak on prevalent issues related to COVID-19 and efforts to reduce its impact.
So far, the total cases of Novel Coronavirus, which began in Wuhan province of China, reported positive in India are more than 160 and over 2 lac across the world, claiming 8000+ lives.