Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday announced to Twitter that he would cancel his campaign trip tomorrow west of Bengal and instead hold high-level meetings with authorities on the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the country,
“Tomorrow I will chair high-level meetings to review the ruling situation # COVID19. Because of this, I would not go to West Bengal,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi, who would campaign for Bhartiya Janata Party.
Earlier, Congressman Rahul Gandhi announced that he had canceled all meetings scheduled in the state as cases continue to grow unprecedented. He also urged other political leaders to consider the same.
“Given the Covid situation, I am suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal. I would advise all political leaders to reflect deeply on the consequences of holding large public meetings under the current circumstances,” he said in a tweet.
The eight-phase election in West Bengal began on 27 March. After today’s sixth phase vote, two more phases will remain. Voting will take place on April 26 and 29. The counting of votes will take place on 2 May.
Voting in the state, which started at 7am today, takes place in 43 meeting seats – 17 in northern 24 Parganas district, nine in Nadia and Uttar Dinajpur, and eight in Purba Bardhaman. About 57.03% of attendance was recorded as of 1 p.m.
PM Modi held several virtual interactions and high-level meetings with state and central ministers, leading doctors and pharmaceutical companies to come up with solutions for the rampant increase of Covid-19 cases in the country. The meetings also highlighted the prime minister’s orders to accelerate vaccination against Covid-19 in the country as well, allowing everyone over the age of 18 to receive the May 1, 2021, sting.
Earlier today, he chaired a high-level meeting to review oxygen supply across the country and discuss ways to increase its availability during the more deadly second wave of Covid-19 sweeps the country.
During the meeting, Modi called for using new ways to provide oxygen support to health facilities. “States need to heavily hoard oxygen,” the prime minister said at today’s review meeting on oxygen supply and availability.
PM Modi also directed officials to ensure oxygen supply to states in a smooth and free manner. “Fix liability with local administration in cases of obstruction,” PM Modi said.
Meanwhile, the deteriorating situation of COVID-19 has seen an increase in the demand for medical oxygen and beds for patients and many states report a shortage in essential medical supplies.
Oxygen availability is a key element in the treatment of any medical conditions in the Covid infection.
India, currently witnessing a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, has reported more than 3 lakh recent infections in the last 24 hours.