India, July 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on ‘test, track, treat and tika (vaccine)’ strategy to deal with the Covid-19 situation while urging states where Covid-19 cases are rising to take proactive measures 4to prevent a third wave on Friday.
The PM spoke with the chief ministers to discuss the covid-19 situation in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Kerala, where he raised concern over rising cases in a few states.
During his interaction with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Kerala, he said that 80 per cent of the new Covid cases last week were from these states. “Rise in Covid cases in Maharashtra and Kerala is a matter of grave concern for the country,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
It is very important that the states, where cases are increasing should take proactive measures to prevent any possibility of a third wave, the prime minister said.
“We have to move forward with our strategy of the test, track, treat and tika,” Modi said, adding that special attention needs to be paid to micro-containment zones.
Emphasizing the need to prevent crowds from gathering at public places, Modi said there is a need to be aware, alert, and strict in this regard.
Earlier this week, PM Modi interacted with the chief ministers of eight North-Eastern states, another region of concern, through video conferencing and said the vaccination drive needs to be continuously ramped up to deal with the pandemic.
He also said that it is a matter of concern that big crowds are thronging hill stations and market areas without masks and social distancing.