File image Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be interacting with chief ministers of 21 states and union territories to discuss the spike in COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

The country has gradually eased lockdown restrictions.

The second day of the video-conferencing Wednesday will be set aside for chief ministers from states such as Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and others, which are witnessing a spurt in COVID-19 positive cases and casualties.

The Prime Minister’s Office’s (PMO) official Twitter handle confirmed the meeting, and also released the schedule.

Under this, Modi will interact with chief ministers of Assam and other northeast-eastern states, Punjab, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Goa, and Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday.

The meeting will be held at 3 pm.

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister will speak to chief ministers of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Telangana, and Odisha.

The interaction comes at a time when multi-fold spike in coronavirus cases has been recorded across the country, especially after the lockdown was eased after May 30, leading to a surge in fresh cases.

With over 11,500 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID infections in India on Monday rose to 3.32 lakh, including 9520 deaths and 1.7 lakh recoveries.

In a bid to ramp up testing, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved a new on-site diagnostic kit for containment zones and healthcare settings, which can produce rapid results without needing a laboratory and cost much less.

Globally, nearly 80 lakh people have been infected with the virus and 4,34,536 have died.

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