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Modi interacts with CMs of North-Eastern states over rising positivity rate

The Prime Minister expressed his worry over the growing number of cases and re-emphasised the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted virtually with the Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states over the COVID-19 situation as several districts in these states were recording a high positivity rate.

The Prime Minister expressed his worry over the growing number of cases and re-emphasised the use of micro containment protocol in dealing with the situation.

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As per the official data, a total of 37 districts in northeastern states have recorded more than 10 per cent positivity rate last week.

During the interaction, the Prime Minister strongly cautioned against crowding at hill stations without taking proper precautions.

Rejecting the argument that people want to enjoy before the arrival of the third wave, he said that this need to be understood that the third wave will not come on its own and the main question in our mind should be how to prevent the third wave.

Modi underlined the need to establish temporary hospital due to the geographical situation of the northeast.

Noting the fast mutating nature of the virus, Modi advised strict monitoring of the mutation and keep track of all variants.

The interaction was attended by the Chief Ministers of Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam.

The Chief Ministers briefed about the progress of vaccination in their states and steps that are being taken to take vaccines to far-flung areas.

They gave assurance of taking timely action to bring down the positivity rate as well as the number of cases in their states.

Union Minister for Defence Rajnath Singh, Union Minister for Home Affairs Amit Shah, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) G. Kishan Reddy and top officials were present in the meeting.

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