New Delhi: The Central Government has sent 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 States.
They 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 Dr. P Ravindran, Sr. CMO, Disaster Management Cell, 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.
Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have reported a high number of COVID daily new cases. They cumulatively account for 82% of the new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
18,327 new cases were registered in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 10,216. It is followed by Kerala with 2,776 while Punjab reported 808 new cases, the Union Health Ministry said.