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According to the data from Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 1,134 new coronavirus cases, while the active cases increased to 7,026. Death toll climbed to 5,30,813 with five deaths reported one each in Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra and Kerala.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meeting on Wednesday to review the covid situation and public health preparedness amid the rising cases of coronavirus in the country. He directed the officials to enhance Whole Genome Sequencing while also emphasising on Covid appropriate behavior.
"PM Modi chaired the meeting to assess the COVID-19 and influenza situation in the country in terms of preparedness of health infrastructure and logistics, status of the vaccination campaign, emergence of new COVID-19 variants and influenza types and their public health implications for the country," a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
"PM directed officials to enhance Whole Genome Sequencing of Positive Samples with the designated INSACOG Genome Sequencing Laboratories. This will support tracking of newer variants, if any, and timely response," it added.