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Centre Rushes Teams to 6 States Reporting High Number of Covid-19 Cases

The central government’s decision to send teams to these states comes at a time when experts have said that the Delta Plus variant may lead to a fresh outbreak. Furthermore, WHO has also said that the Delta variant which is believed to be the cause behind India’s high surge in the second wave of the pandemic may become the dominant Covid-19 lineage which could lead to a rise in the number of cases across the globe.

A health worker takes swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: The Centre on Friday (July 2) sent teams to six states that are battling a high number of Covid-19 cases, sources told ANI. The teams have been sent to Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Odisha, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Kerala. Despite India seeing a huge decline in the number of cases from mid-May these states are continuing to report a high number of cases.

“The two-member high-level team in these states consists of a clinician and a 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.” said a release from the Health Ministry.

The ministry also said that the teams will advise the states on remedial actions on public health activities to the respective state governments. 

Kerala is now alone accounting for almost 25 per cent of the total cases of the nation.

The state has also been unable to bring the positivity rate below 10 per cent.

Odisha is also struggling to control the number of cases that have seen the state government introduce strict lockdown curbs.

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The state has also banned public attendance in the annual Rathyatra at Puri temple for the second year in a row.

Experts have said that the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic may hit India by September if people don’t follow proper COVID-19 protocols.

Many states have announced major relaxations in the lockdown curbs as cases have gone down with markets, malls, and other commercial areas being opened for the public.

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Public transportation has also been allowed 

India on Friday (July 2) reported 46,617 new Covid-19 cases, down from the 48,786 cases from the previous day,

1005 deaths were reported during the same period while daily recoveries stood at 59,384.

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