Focus on testing, isolation and quarantine: PM Modi tells CMs

Focus on testing, isolation and quarantine: PM Modi tells CMs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told Chief Ministers to check the spread of the novel coronavirus and that testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain the focus in the next few weeks.

Interacting with them through video conference, Modi said it is necessary to ensure availability of separate and dedicated hospital facilities for COVID-19 patients.

Modi told the chief ministers that it is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure the staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends, an official statement said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and top bureaucrats were present along with the Prime Minister.

This is for the second time that PM Modi is holding a video conference with the Chief Ministers after the spread of coronavirus, and the first after the 21-day lockdown came into force. On March 20 also he had interacted with the CMs. The lockdown was enforced on March 24.

According to the Health Ministry, death toll due to coronavirus touched 50 on Thursday. Total number of positive cases has risen to 1,965 in the country.