Central teams rush to Maharashtra, Punjab to assess Covid-19 situation amid spike in cases

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As Maharashtra and Punjab continue to see an upsurge in daily Covid-19 cases, Centre has despatched high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams, the Health Ministry informed on Saturday.

The teams are being deployed to assist the state health departments in Covid-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.

The high-level team to Maharashtra will be led by Health Ministry’s P Ravindran while the public health team to Punjab will be led by National Centre for Disease Control director S K Singh.

At present, there are 6,661 active coronavirus cases in Punjab and 90,055 cases in Maharashtra according to Union Health Ministry’s data.

The central teams will first visit the Covid-19 hotspot areas in Punjab and Maharashtra and ascertain reasons for the increase in cases. Based on their assessment, they will brief the health chief secretary/secretary and will also suggest remedial measures which can be undertaken by state authorities to control the situation. The central team will also share a detailed report with the states for further follow-up action.

The government has been sending central teams from time to time to visit various states/UTs where it tries to get a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks.

The Union government has been leading the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic with a “whole of government and whole of society approach under the umbrella strategy of cooperative federalism,” the health ministry said.

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