On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a meeting with various chief ministers urged them to ensure that there was no stigma attached to the deadly COVID-19 in their respective states.
Talking to the chief ministers through video conferencing, PM Modi said they are in a better position to gauge the coronavirus situation since they are “acquainted with the ground realities”. He said that state authorities can aid in tracking and identifying how the highly infectious virus is spreading to new areas, the reason behind its spread, and the mental stress that people are facing, people aware of the content of the meeting reported.
The PM further talked about the stigma surrounding the virus. He said that people who have contracted coronavirus should not feel that it is their fault and they should not be treated as criminals. He assured that in case a particular area reports a surge in COVID-19 cases, that state won’t be seen as guilty.
Today's interaction was the prime minister's fourth such meeting through video conferencing with various chief ministers since March 22. The first 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by PM Modi on March 24 was extended by more than a fortnight on April 14-- the extended lockdown is scheduled to end on May 3.
Apart from the chief ministers, the meeting also saw in attendance Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, and top officials from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Union Health Ministry.
On Monday, India reported a significantly lower number of COVID-19 cases than Sunday, with close to 600 fewer cases. The country’s total tally went up to 27,892, the Union health ministry’s data showed. Out of the total cases, 20,835 are active, 6,184 have been cured and 872 have died. Monday reported 1,396 new cases of coronavirus and 48 deaths.