Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that state governments should adopt the mantra of “pre-emptive, pro-active and collective approach” to beat the third wave of the pandemic, even as he emphasised that vaccination is the most potent way to deal with the pandemic.
In a virtual meeting with chief ministers and lieutenant governors on the Covid situation, Modi also stressed that the momentum of the economy should be maintained and that local containment is the way to ensure this, effectively ruling out plans of a lockdown.
Home minister Amit Shah and health secretary Rajesh Bhushan briefed the prime minister and chief ministers about the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus and the vaccination drive. The PM heard the views and concerns of the CMs, with some of them enumerating their state-specific problems at length.
Addressing the CMs, Modi said: “The way the central and state governments had adopted a pre-emptive, proactive and collective approach (during the last two waves), the same is the mantra of victory this time as well. The more we can limit the corona infection, the less the problem will be. "