Test, track and treat remains an effective strategy to check the spread of virus: PM Modi

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Addressing the chief ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asserted that there is a need to impose micro-containment zones in areas where Covid-19 cases are rising. He also said that India has in the past successfully brought down the peak of Covid-19 cases and it can be done again.

“Test, track and treat remains an effective strategy to check the spread of the disease,” the Prime Minister said while addressing CMs, calling the situation in the country challenging. He said this should be particularly followed in containment zones. He also called for observing a vaccine festival between April 11-14 to inoculate the maximum number of eligible beneficiaries.

“I appeal to you all to stress on Covid-19 testing. Our target is to do 70% RT-PCR tests. Let the number of positive cases come high, but do maximum testing. Proper sample collection is very important, it can be checked through proper governance,” said PM Modi.

India today recorded 1.26 lakh cases – a fresh spike and the country’s highest-ever rise in daily caseload. Before this, India recorded more than one lakh cases twice – both this week – as the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) returned with same potency.

At a high-level meeting with senior officials, Modi had on Sunday reviewed the situation and vaccination exercise in the country amid the “alarming rate of growth” in infections and deaths.

Modi had said the five-fold strategy of testing, tracing, treatment, COVID-appropriate behaviour and vaccination, if implemented with utmost seriousness and commitment, would be effective in curbing the spread of the pandemic, according to an official statement that was released after the meeting.

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