The methods and strategies in dealing with the pandemic should be dynamic as the Covid-19 virus mutates, PM Narendra Modi said

Mutation of the Coronavirus during the second wave of Covid-19 is a matter of concern for children and young people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said.

Calling on district officials to collect data on Covid-19 infections in these groups, he said on Thursday that this should be analyzed in all possible ways to come up with effective strategies.

Interacting with the state and district officials on the COVID-19 situation through video conference for the second time this week, Prime Minister Modi said that new strategies and solutions were needed.

"Every epidemic has taught us the importance of continuous innovation and change in our ways of dealing with epidemics," he said.

He emphasized that the methods and strategies in dealing with the pandemic "should be dynamic as the virus is expert in mutation and changing the format".

While active cases had started to reduce in the country, Prime Minister Modi warned that the challenge remained as long as this infection was present even on a minor scale.

The Prime Minister also called for an end to vaccine wastage. He said wastage of a single vaccine means not being able to provide the necessary security to an individual.

Briefing the Prime Minister about the improving covid situation in their respective districts, the officials shared their experience of using technology for real-time monitoring and capacity building. They also informed about the steps taken to enhance public participation and awareness in their districts.

During the interaction, the Prime Minister also emphasized the priority of "easing the lives of citizens while saving lives".

He noted that facilities for free ration for the poor, other essential supplies must be provided and black marketing should be stopped. He said these steps are also necessary to win this fight and to move forward.

"Earlier today, had an extensive interaction with District Officers from various states. These officers are tirelessly working on the field to strengthen the fight against COVID-19," PM Modi tweeted after the meeting.