UPDATED: April 19, 2021 21:29 IST
The former prime minister and veteran Congress leader Manmohan Singh has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi after testing positive for coronavirus on Monday.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wished former PM Manmohan Singh a speedy recovery.
“Dear Dr Manmohan Singh Ji, Wishing you a speedy recovery. India needs your guidance and advice in this difficult time,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.
“I wish the former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh Ji good health and early recovery,” CM Kejriwal said.
On Sunday, Manmohan Singh had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighting five suggestions for combating the second and more severe Covid-19 wave in India.
In a two-page letter to PM Modi, the veteran Congress leader said one must not look at absolute numbers, but the percentage of the population vaccinated.
The raging second wave of Covid-19 has led many states to impose strict curbs, including lockdowns and weekend and night curfews to cut the chain of transmission. India on Monday registered its highest-ever single-day spike with over 2.73 lakh Covid-19 cases in a 24-hour span, according to the Union health ministry,
With over 2.73 lakh fresh number of Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, India’s caseload has climbed to 1,50,61,919.
Manmohan Singh’s suggestion to PM Modi for fighting Covid
In his letter to PM Modi on Monday, Manmohan Singh emphasised the need to ramp up the vaccination effort.
“The key to our fight against Covid-19 must be ramping up the vaccination effort. We must resist the temptation to look at the absolute numbers being vaccinated, and focus instead on the percentage of the population vaccinated,” said Manmohan Singh in the letter.
Noting that India has vaccinated only a small fraction of its population, the former prime minister said he is certain that “we can do much better and very quickly with the right policy design.”
“There are many things we must do to fight the epidemic, but a big part of this effort must be ramping up the vaccination programme,” he said.