New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a crucial meet on Saturday to review the coronavirus crisis and the vaccination situation in India. The meeting was attended by top ministers and officials of the central government.

The meeting comes amid a huge surge in coronavirus cases across the country with several states and UTs reporting shortage of vaccines and essentials like oxygen supply. 

Meanwhile. the Prime Minister has held several meeting with all chief ministers and representatives of states and union territories (UTs) since the outbreak of the pandemic. On Friday, he had held a crucial meet with top government officials to ensure an adequate supply of medical grade oxygen across the country.

During the meeting, PM Modi also took a detailed review of the current situation of oxygen supply and projected use in the coming 15 days across 12 high burden states including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

Meanwhile, a record single-day rise of 2,34,692 cases and 1,341 fatalities have pushed India's COVID-19 tally to 1,45,26,609 and the death toll due to the viral disease to 1,75,649, the ministry of health and family welfare said in its daily updates on Saturday.

The number of active coronavirus cases in the country has also surpassed the 16-lakh mark, the health ministry's data updated at 8 am showed. Registering a steady increase for the 38th day in a row, the tally of active COVID-19 cases has climbed to 16,79,740 in the country, accounting for 11.56 per cent of its total caseload, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 87.23 per cent.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma