Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to chair a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country on January 9 afternoon, news agency ANI said quoting government sources.
The meeting scheduled at 4.30 pm, comes a day after Election Commission of India announced the schedule of assembly elections in five states to be held in February-March.
PM Modi to chair a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country at 4:30pm today: GoI sources
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— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2022
The country is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 infections with emergence of COVID-19 variant. On January 9, the country registered a single-day surge of 1,59,632 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally of infections to 3.55 crore, which includes 3,623 cases of Omicron variant reported across 27 states and Union territories so far.
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