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Strategy to deal with COVID-19 should be dynamic: PM Modi

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Shailendra Shukla | May 21, 2021

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the strategy to deal with COVID-19 should be dynamic, innovative and constantly upgraded as he underlined the dangers posed by the virus which, he noted, is invisible and often mutates. Describing the virus as "dhoort" and "bahurupia" in Hindi, Modi, in interaction with district magistrates (DM) and field officials, also underlined concerns expressed in various quarters about the threats it poses to the youth and children. He also said that there is a need to prevent vaccine wastage, saying every dose wasted is denying someone protection shield against the disease.

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