New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with chief ministers of states and union territories on Tuesday via video conferencing, news agency ANI reported.

At the meeting, the Prime Minister is expected to review the situation in worst affected states, which include - Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal, Karnataka and Rajasthan - and have been witnessing a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases and emerged as new hotspots.

As a number of states have partially announced lockdown by imposing night curfews and Section 144, it is possible that PM Modi might announce another lockdown in states where the cases are rising at a rapid rate. However, the Centre would give states the power to decide on the announcement of lockdown.

After this meeting, the Prime Minister is scheduled to discuss the vaccine delivery roll out with all the states and Union Territories.

Five vaccine candidates are in advanced stages of development in India, out of which four are in Phase II/III and one is in Phase-I/II trials.

The development comes as the country has crossed the 91 lakh mark in coronavirus cases in the past one week.

The Centre is preparing on a war footing the vaccine delivery system as the Covid cases have surpassed nine million. With 44,000 new Covid-19 cases, India's tally reached 91,39,866 on Monday.

For 16 days now, India has been registering less than 50,000 Covid-19 cases daily.