Spike in COVID-19 cases: Centre rushes high level teams to Maharashtra & Punjab


New Delhi, March 6: The Central Government has rushed high level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab, in view of the increase in number of daily new COVID-19 cases being consistently reported by these two States, said an official release.

The teams are being deployed to assist the State Health Departments in COVID-19 surveillance, control and containment measures.

While as many 18,327 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours in the country, Maharashtra reported the highest daily new cases at 10,216 followed by Kerala with 2,776 and Punjab with 808 cases.

According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), the high level team to Maharashtra will be led by Dr. P Ravindran, Senior CMO, Disaster Management Cell of the MoHFW while the public health team to Punjab will be led by Dr. S K Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.

“The teams visit the States immediately and will visit the hotspot areas in the States and ascertain reasons for the surge. They will also brief the Chief Secretary/Secretary (H) on their observations and remedial measures to be undertaken by the State Health authorities,” said the Ministry statement.

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