New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday asked states to reassess if lockdowns of one or two days are effective in containing COVID-19 and told them to press on with full strength in opening economic activities while fighting the virus.
In a review meeting with chief ministers and representatives of seven states with a high number of cases, Modi said "micro containment zones" should be the way forward as it will curb the infection spread and also allow activities to go on.
PM Narendra Modi chairs a high-level virtual meeting with Chief Ministers & Health Ministers of seven #COVID19 high burden States/UT to review COVID response and management.
These States/UT are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, & Punjab. pic.twitter.com/bqd1CZhEAA
— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2020
He asked states to further enhance their focus on effective testing, tracing, treatment, surveillance, and clear messaging to curb the pandemic.
Noting that most of the COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic, Modi said an effective messaging is all the more important as rumors are often spread and the common man wonders if testing is wrong.
Some people even make the mistake of undermining the seriousness of the disease, he said, while pitching for the need for an effective messaging.
The prime minister said it has to be ensured that medicines move unhindered from one state to another and noted that India has also been able to supply medicines across the world during such hard times.
The nationwide lockdown in the initial phases yielded very positive results and our focus now should be on micro-containment zones, he said.
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This will be the prime minister's seventh address to the nation since he announced a country-wide lockdown in March to curtail the spread of COVID-19