PM Modi praises handling of COVID19 situation by Northeast states


GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the chief ministers of Northeast India through a video conference. The PM praised the states for the way the pandemic situation was being handled.

Addressing the chief ministers of eight Northeast states, the prime minister thanked the health workers for containing the COVID19 through testing, tracking, treatment and getting the infrastructure ready for vaccination drives.

“The second wave of COVID has so far been contained by the cooperation of various state governments. But there are some districts in the Northeast where an increase in cases has been recorded. We have to understand these signals and remain alert and also make the public aware of the danger. In order to stop the spread of the virus we have to take strict steps at the micro level,” said Narendra Modi.

The Prime Minister talked about the 6000 micro-containment zones set up by the Assam government. “The more we work on the micro-containment zones we will be able to come out of this situation fast. The experiences of the past one and a half years, best practices we saw, we have to use all these. Innovative ways have been used by various states while handling the situation. We have to identify these best practices and share them to the maximum,” stressed the Prime Minister.

“We have to keep an eye on the Coronavirus variant. Prevention and treatment is important. Its mutation is being studied by experts. We have to de-fang the virus with these practices and through social distancing, face masks and vaccination. Testing, tracking, and treatment is the strategy. We can save maximum lives if we can effectively follow the strategy. Creating awareness among the people of the society to be on guard is of prime importance.” said PM Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the third wave of Coronavirus can be stopped if people follow the protocol and the strategy. “We understand that tourism and businesses have been affected. But today, when we see a large number of people in the markets of hill stations, it is a matter of concern. It is not a good sign and we have to make the people understand that the third wave will not come on its own. They ask us, what preparations are in place for the third wave. The question today should be how to stop the third wave and how we are going to follow the protocol diligently. Corona is something that does not come on its own, it needs a carrier. We can stop the third wave only when we follow the protocol. The main objective is not to allow it to spread. We should not compromise on protocol and alertness,” said the Prime Minister.

Along with the Prime Minister, the video conference was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya, and DoNER Minister G Kishan Reddy.