Cen­tral govt teams rushed to 10 states

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Rhythma Kaul let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: The Cen­tre de­cided on Satur­day to rush teams of health ex­perts to 10 states with the max­i­mum num­ber of Covid-19 cases to help state gov­ern­ments con­tain the rapid spread of the in­fec­tion.

“The min­istry of health and fam­ily wel­fare has de­cided to de­ploy cen­tral teams to 10 states that have wit­nessed/are wit­ness­ing high case load and high spurt of cases. The teams will as­sist the state health de­part­ments of re­spec­tive states to fa­cil­i­tate man­age­ment of Covid-19 out­break,” the min­istry said in a state­ment on Satur­day night.

The ex­pert teams con­sist of a se­nior of­fi­cial from the health min­istry, a joint sec­re­tary-level nodal of­fi­cer, and a public health ex­pert. The team is meant to sup­port the state health de­part­ments in im­ple­men­ta­tion of con­tain­ment mea­sures in the af­fected ar­eas within the re­spec­tive states’ dis­tricts or cities.

The teams will be de­ployed to Gu­jarat, Tamil Nadu, Ut­tar Pradesh, Delhi, Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh, Pun­jab, West Ben­gal, Andhra Pradesh and Te­lan­gana. Be­tween them, the 10 states have 38,000 in­fec­tions that make up 60% of In­dia’s to­tal Covid-19 caseload, as of Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to the HT dash­board.

Last week, the Cen­tre had rushed 20 cen­tral teams of health ex­perts to 20 high caseload dis­tricts. An­other high-level team, led by health min­istry joint sec­re­tary, Lav Agarwal, had also vis­ited Mumbai to sup­port ef­forts in Covid-19 re­sponse and man­age­ment in In­dia’s worst-af­fected state, Ma­ha­rash­tra.

Ear­lier in the day, Union health min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han said that as of Satur­day, the Covid-19 fa­tal­ity rate in the coun­try is 3.3%, and re­cov­ery rate 29.9%. He also said the dou­bling rate stood at 9.9 days over the past week. HT’s in­ter­nal dash­board puts the fig­ure at 10.7 days. The an­nounce­ment came at a re­view of Covid sit­u­a­tion in north-eastern states that have re­ported a to­tal of 194 cases. The max­i­mum cases have been re­ported from Tripura (118).

“As of yes­ter­day, there are 2.41% present ac­tive pa­tients in ICU, 0.38% on ven­ti­la­tors and 1.88% on oxy­gen sup­port. The test­ing ca­pac­ity has in­creased to 95,000 tests per day, with 332 govern­ment labs and 121 pri­vate labs op­er­a­tional. Cu­mu­la­tively, 15,25,631 tests have been done so far...,” said Harsh Vard­han.

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