Prime Minister, Narendra Modi on Tuesday conducted a COVID-19 review meeting with Chief Ministers of several states amidst an upsurge in the number of virus cases. It is the foremost meeting to address the virus situation in eight crucial states, including Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, and Gujarat.

During the meeting, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal enlightened PM Modi that Delhi witnessed a surge of 8,600 COVID-19 cases on November 10 in the third peak. Since then cases and positivity rates are gradually decreasing. The extreme severity of the third wave is due to many factors including pollution, he further added.

Kejriwal seeks PM’s intervention for getting rid of pollution due to stubble burning from neighboring states particularly in view of recent bio decomposers. He also sought reservation of additional 1,000 ICU beds in central govt hospitals till the third wave remains.

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra CM, Uddhav Thackeray, Gujarat CM, Vijay Rupani, Rajasthan CM, Ashok Gehlot, Chhattisgarh CM, Bhupesh Baghel and Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal are amongst those who were present at the meeting, that was being held through video conferencing.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, NITI Aayog’s Dr. VK Paul, Cabinet secretary, and Health Secretary have also attended the pivotal meet.

Later in the day, the Prime Minister will also conduct a virtual meeting with CMs and other representatives of states and union territories through video conferencing to talk over the vaccine distribution strategy. It should be noted that the Centre has been setting in place measures for rapid and effectual distribution of coronavirus vaccine when it is available.

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