As concerns over Omicron variant in India rise, PM Narendra Modi chairs COVID-19 review meeting
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (December 23) chaired a review meeting to assess the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and the country's preparedness amid rising concerns over another wave fueled by the Omicron variant. The high-level meeting was attended by senior officials and experts.
So far, India has recorded 236 cases of the Omicron variant across 16 states and Union Territories (UTs), according to the Union health ministry data updated on Thursday.
Recently, India's Health Ministry alerted States and Union Territories (UTs) about the Omicron variant, which is apparently at least three times more transmissible than the Delta variant.
PM Modi said that the fight against the pandemic is not over and the need for continued adherence to Covid-safe behaviour is of "paramount importance" even today.
During the meeting, officials briefed PM about the emerging scenario globally driven by the new variant Omicron.
He reviewed the status of public health response measures for containment and management of the virus cases.
He took a note on the strengthening of health infrastructure including the availability of drugs, oxygen cylinders and concentrators, ventilators, PSA plants, ICU/oxygen supported beds, human resources, IT interventions and status of vaccination.
The ministry further asked the states and UTs to "activate" war rooms and keep analysing even small trends and surges at the district and local levels.
Amid a rise in cases caused by Omicron variant in some countries, there have been demands that the Indian government should allow booster doses of vaccines to be administered to those already fully inoculated against COVID-19. However, there isn't any official remark on the same.