Covid-19 Review Meeting: PM Modi warns against Omicron surge, urges vaccination for children

New Delhi: While interacting with Chief Ministers of several states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday cautioned against the Covid-19 saying that it has not yet been overcome. The Prime Minister stressed upon the importance of prioritising inoculation to every eligible child at the earliest.

“Schools have reopened in the country after a long time. In such a situation, families are concerned about rising Covid-19 cases. It is our priority to inoculate all eligible children as soon as possible,” said PM Modi.

“We need to ensure that parents and teachers are aware of such initiative,” he added.

PM Modi warned against rising number of Omicron cases and pointed out the havoc caused in Europe by this variant of Covid-19 virus. He said, “It is clear that the Covid-19 challenge is not over yet. We are watching in European countries how Omicron and its sub-variants can create a serious situation. In the last few months in some countries, many surges have happened due to these sub-variants. Indians have managed to keep the situation under control compared to other countries.”

“Despite this, we have to remain alert owing to the manner in which cases are rising in the last two weeks in some states. We have learnt a lot from the wave which came a few months ago. All citizens successfully tackled Omicron without panic.”

PM Modi’s remarks came a day after the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for the age group of 6-12 years.

Meanwhile, the Centre allowed the Covid-19 vaccination for the age group 12-14 years on March 16, 2022. So far 2,75,34,619 adolescents have been administered the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 43,87,961 have received the second dose.

Children from age of group of 15-18 has received 5,82,59,733 first dose and 4,17,47,337 second dose.

Meanwhile, India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage has exceeded 188.19 Cr (1,88,19,40,971) as per provisional reports till 7 am today, as per the official statement on Wednesday. India’s Active Caseload currently stands at 16,279. Active cases now constitute 0.04 per cent of the country’s total Positive Cases.

Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.75 per cent. 2,252 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours and the cumulative tally of recovered patients (since the beginning of the pandemic) is now at 4,25,25,563. India recorded 2,483 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.

At the review meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Union Home Ministers Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya as well as chief ministers of Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Tripura and others were present.

(With inputs from ANI)

first published:April 27, 2022, 2:31 p.m.

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