On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of all the states and Union Territories. In the meeting the PM discussed different measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. All the CMs were asked about their opinion whether the lockdown should be extended or not. PM Modi told them that social distancing is the biggest weapon in the fight against COVID-19.
While interacting with the Chief Ministers Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his opening remarks, “We now have reasonably clear indication as to the geographical spread of the pandemic in India, including the worst affected areas. Moreover, over the past few weeks, officials have understood operating procedures in a time such as this, right up to the District level.”
“And therefore, we can now further focus our strategy in this battle against coronavirus, as should be the case. We have a twofold challenge – to reduce the transmission rate of the disease, and to increase public activity gradually, while adhering to all the guidelines, and we will have to work towards achieving both these objectives”, he added.
He emphasized to give effort to prevent the transmission of coronavirus to rural areas. PM Modi was supported by the Chief Ministers who highlighted the importance of strengthening the medical and health infrastructure in the country. Several of them pointed out the return of migrants and suggested stricter guidelines for the social distancing, sanitization and wearing masks.
Mr. Modi appreciated all the Chief Ministers who have played a vital role in nation’s fight against the coronavirus. The Prime Minister says, “We must understand that the world has fundamentally changed post COVID-19. Now the world will be pre-corona, post-corona just like the case of the world wars. And this would entail significant changes in how we function.”
He also discussed the resumption of train services and said the move was taken to speed up economic activity. However,a limited number of trains will be allowed with all sorts of safety measures. PM Modi will be addressing the countrymen at 8 pm today.