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PM Modi chairs meeting to review India's COVID-19 preparedness

DNA Saturday, 11 July 2020
The meeting was attended by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Cabinet Secretary and other senior officials of the government.
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