Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level at 11:30 on Friday. The agenda of the meeting was to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the preparations required in India. The meeting emphasised the availability of oxygen well before the potential third wave that is about strike India.
Narendra Modi had conducted a similar meeting on the 26th of June. He expressed his satisfaction in the meeting with the current vaccination rate of the country. This is the first meeting of Narendra Modi after the reshuffle in his council of ministers earlier this week. The new Union health minister, Mansukh Mandaviya, took charge of his ministry on Thursday, replacing Dr Harsh Vardhan on the post, who resigned in the middle of the pandemic.
Experts have predicted that the Delta variant could drive the potential third wave of the pandemic in India. According to reports, the Delta variant was the key driver behind the last wave, which was almost twice as deadly as the first. Around 20,000 people were found infected by the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in India, while the second wave hit around 36,000 people in India.
A release issued by the Central government stated, “Officials briefed PM about the progress on installation of PSA [pressure swing adsorption] oxygen plants across the country. More than 1,500 PSA oxygen plants are coming up across the nation, which includes contributions from PM CARES as well as various ministries & PSUs.
Narendra Modi is informed that the oxygen plants coming up through PM CARES are functional, they will support more than 4 lakh oxygenated beds.