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Central teams going to 3 more states to help tackle Covid-19

Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana are either reporting a rise in number of active cases or a spike in number of fresh cases
A health worker conducts Covid-19 test in Gurgaon.

Our Bureau, Agencies   |   New Delhi   |   Published 22.11.20, 03:14 PM

The Centre rushed high-level teams to states including Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh on Sunday for Covid-19 response and management support in the states. 

These states have been reporting either a rise in the number of active coronavirus cases or a spike in the number of fresh cases, the Union health ministry said on Sunday.

"These three-member teams will visit districts reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases and support the state efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases,” the ministry said.

"The central teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up," it added.

Days earlier, high-level multidisciplinary teams were sent to Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Sikkim.

At the moment, India’s active Covid-19 caseload stands at 4,40,962 and makes up for 4.85 per cent of the total cases as the national recovery rate has jumped to  93.69 per cent. Over the past 24 hours, the country has reported 43,493 new recoveries taking the total recovered cases to 85,21,617.

"The gap between recovered and active cases is steadily increasing and presently stands at 80,80,655," the health ministry said on Sunday.

It highlighted that 26 states and Union Territories have less than 20,000 active cases as of today while  7 states and UTs have active cases between 20,000 and 50,000. On the other hand, Maharashtra and Kerala have more than 50,000 active cases of Covid-19.

While Delhi saw 6,963 patients recovering from the disease, Kerala and Maharashtra reported 6,719 and 4,088 new recoveries respectively. Meanwhile, 10 states and UTs contribute to 77.68 per cent of the new recovered cases.

On Sunday, health ministry data showed a spike of 45,209 new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, of which 10 states and UTs contributed to 76.81 per cent.

Fifteen states and UTs are reporting less than the national average of cases per million population.

Besides, 76.45 per cent of the 501 case fatalities that have been reported in a day are from ten states and UTs.

Of the new fatalities, 22.16 per cent are from Delhi which reported 111 deaths. Maharashtra saw a fatality count of 62 while West Bengal reported another 53.

Thirteen states and UTs are reporting higher than the national average of fatality rate (1.46 per cent), the ministry said.

Twenty-one states and UTs are reporting lower than the national average of deaths per million (96). Fourteen states and UTs have more deaths per million population than the national average (96).

India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 90,95,806 with 45,209 infections being reported in a day, while the death toll climbed to 1,33,227 with 501 new fatalities, health ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

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