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Centre sends teams to six states witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases


The Union government has sent high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to six states that are reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases. The teams have been sent to Odisha, Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala and Chhattisgarh to assist the state administrations in combating and containing the spread of the deadly virus.

The development comes at a time when experts have already raised concerns regarding an “inevitable” third wave of the pandemic after a second wave wreaked havoc in the country.

According to the Union health ministry, the central teams will ascertain the issues faced by the state governments and try to remove the bottlenecks. The central teams comprise of a clinician and public health expert.

“The teams will visit the states immediately and monitor the overall implementation of COVID-19 management, especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations; COVID appropriate behaviour and its enforcement; availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen etc., and COVID-19 vaccination progress. The teams will monitor the situation and also suggest remedial actions,” it said.

COVID-19 status

The health ministry on Friday informed that 46,617 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 3.04 crore.

The ministry also informed that over 34 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over 42.64 lakh people were vaccinated on Thursday.

Also, 853 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 4,00,312.

Of the over 3.04 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 5.09 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 1.67 per cent of the total caseload. Over 2.95 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.


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