Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised concern over the COVID-19 situation in the Northeast.

PM Modi interacted with the chief ministers of the Northeast states and reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the region.

PM Modi, along with union home minister Amit Shah sat for discussion via video conferencing with the chief ministers of all the Northeast states.

Notably, COVID-19 situation in some of the states of the Northeast is still precarious.

PM Modi said that while COVID-19 situation in other parts of the country has improved considerably in recent times, the pandemic situation in the Northeast is a matter of concern.

PM Modi said that aggressive testing, for early detection of the infection, is the need of the hour.

Modi emphasised on high vaccination, minimal vaccine wastage, adopting micro-containment zones to combat COVID and the need to adhere to all COVID related protocols.

Asking all the Northeast states to keep an eye on all the variants of the virus, PM Modi said that the states in the region must bring in use its past experiences in fighting the pandemic.

“Experts are studying the mutations and variants”, said PM Narendra Modi.

He added: “To prevent COVID19, we have to take stricter steps.”

“Large crowds without masks in hill stations, is a huge cause of concern,” the Prime Minister further said.

During meet with NE CMs, PM Narendra Modi praised Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma for ‘controlling’ COVID-19 through micro-containment and not enforcing total lockdown.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu said: “Arunachal is focused on TestTrackTreatVaccine Strategy to contain coronavirus. Received marg darshan from PM Narendra Modi today in his VC interaction with Northeast CMs on COVID-19. Thanks to PM for COVID package of Rs 23123 Cr to strengthen fight against Corona.”

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said: “The prompt action and support from GoI has immensely helped North East & Meghalaya in their Covid fight and I thank Hon’ble PM and GoI for their unwavering commitment and constant support to help NE take on this challenge.”

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