COVID-19: Modi tells CMs to trace Muslim sect members

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the chief ministers of Indian states to help trace the members of a Muslim sect who gathered in Delhi for their annual meeting, but did not disclose coronavirus symptoms suffered by some of them, leading to a sharp spike in infections across the country.Mr Modi also asked them to address the issue of the migrant workers stuck in various states after the lockdown and make arrangements for their food and shelter.He said it is vital to identify the Tablighi Jamat participants who came from different parts of the country for the event and isolate them till they are ruled out of Covid-19 infection. Mr Modi also discussed the situation in the states and asked the chief ministers assured them of special assistance from the center in the anti-coronavirus activities.

PM Modi said in the next few weeks, testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain the focus areas. He highlighted the necessity of maintaining supply of essential medical products, availability of raw material for the manufacture of medicines and medical equipment, the prime minister’s office said.The chief ministers informed PM about their efforts of maintaining social distancing, tracking suspect cases, and identifying and quarantining them, containing community transmission, boosting up of medical infrastructure, and strengthening medical workforce, it further said. On his part, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said that 391 people who had attended the Delhi event from his state have been identified and quarantined.

It was Modi’s second meeting with the chief ministers through video-link after the March 20 conference. Besides the PM, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and top bureaucrats also attended the meeting.The Covid-19 death toll rose to 50 on April 2 while the number of positive cases increased to 1,965 in the country, according to the health ministry. Meanwhile, according to a report, a resident doctor of the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi, has been tested positive for Covid. He is undergoing treatment and his family would also be screened, AIIMS sources were quoted as saying.

 

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