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PM discusses ways to check spread of coronavirus with Chief Ministers

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and top health ministry officials were also present in the meeting held via video link.

Published: 20th March 2020 06:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th March 2020 06:08 PM   |  A+A-

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Beneficiary of Pardhan Mantri Bhartiya Janushadhi Pariyojana through Viedo conferencing, in New Delhi on Saturday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo | ANI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday deliberated ways to check the spread of coronavirus with chief ministers of various states.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and top health ministry officials were also present in the meeting held via video link.

The meeting, which started at 4 pm, was still on.

Sources in the government said besides discussing ways to check the spread of the virus, issues such as the capacity building of the states and extending training to local health officials could also come for discussion.

Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were among those who attended the video conference.

The prime minister has been pitching for the involvement of people and local authorities to check the spread of the virus.

In his address to the nation on Thursday, Modi highlighted the scale of coronavirus' impact and noted that there is a view that India has averted the crisis and all is well.

"This mindset is not correct. Complacency in respect of a global pandemic like coronavirus is not appropriate. It is essential that each and every Indian remains alert and cautious," he said.

Studies of the countries hit by the pandemic have revealed that it exploded after a few days, and the number of people infected by it grew at a very rapid pace, he pointed out.

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