Delhi, 22nd December 2022: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level review meeting on Thursday regarding the status of corona infection in the country and aspects related to it. The meeting took place just a day after the high-level meeting held by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday. The high-level virtual review meeting chaired by PM Modi was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, NITI Aayog CEO Parameswaran Iyer, and others.

In a review meeting chaired by the Health Minister on Wednesday, he urged the citizens to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. Along with this, he also advised people to get vaccinated against the infection. During the meeting, it was especially emphasized that the corona infection is not over yet. He directed the officers to be fully prepared and strengthen surveillance.

During the last six months, four cases of BF.7 omicron sub-variant were registered in the country. This variant of Covid is responsible for the current surge of infections in China. According to the information, there are currently 10 different variants of Covid-19 in the country, of which BF.7 is the latest. Given the spurt in the infection situation in neighbouring China, the central government has started random sampling of international passengers at airports. In various countries, including America, China, Japan, South Korea, and France, the pace of cases of corona infection has increased.

Giving more details on the matter, the Health Minister said, “We are monitoring the global Covid situation and are taking steps accordingly.” He advised the states to increase genome sequencing for timely identification of the new variant of Covid-19. He further said that the health department has been proactive in managing the Covid pandemic. The Center has also provided financial assistance to the states in the fight against the pandemic. So far, 220 crore Covid vaccine shots have been given. Mandaviya claimed that despite the rise in the number of Covid cases across the world, the number of Covid cases in India is on the decline.