Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 13, Tuesday will hold talks with Chief Ministers of North Eastern states - Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram at 11 am to review the situation pertaining to COVID-19 in these states.

Union cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba's had held interaction with the officials of the northeastern states' home department last Wednesday amid concerns over rising cases of coronavirus infection in the region.

Followed by his meeting PM Modi will hold discussion with the CMs.

Earlier this month, the Centre had deployed expert teams to six states, including Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, after they showed a spike in Covid-19 cases.

As per Union Health Ministry's data, around 80% of the Covid-19 cases in India at the moment are being witnessed from 90 districts and as many as 14 of them are from the northeast.

Arunachal Pradesh is a area of concern as the state has a weekly positivity rate of 16.2% (between June 28 and July 4) and the trend saw an upward rise. Other states, such as Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland, too, have been reporting high positivity rate.

Meanwhile, with 37,154 new coronavirus infections, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,08,74,376, while the total recoveries crossed three crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The death toll climbed to 4,08,764 with 724 fresh fatalities.

The active cases have declined to 4,50,899 and comprise 1.46 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has increased to 97.22 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

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