COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Centre rushes high-level teams to Haryana, 3 other states to strengthen surveillance, testing

Delhi spill-over effect being observed in NCR regions within Haryana, Rajasthan

Centre rushes high-level teams to Haryana, 3 other states to strengthen surveillance, testing

People throng a market ahead of Chhath Puja celebrations in Gurugram. Tribune Photo: Sukh Chandan

New Delhi, November 19

The Centre has rushed high-level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur, where they will visit districts reporting a high number of COVID-19 cases and support the state’s efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of positive cases.

With a spike in daily new COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Delhi, the spill-over effect was being observed in the NCR regions within Haryana and Rajasthan, where the number of COVID positive patients was on the rise, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, AIIMS, New Delhi, is leading the three-member team to Haryana, and Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), Niti Aayog, is heading the Rajasthan team.


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The Health Ministry has said Dr SK Singh, Director (NCDC), will be leading the team to Gujarat while Dr L Swasticharan, Additional DDG, DHGS, is heading the Manipur team.

The teams will visit the districts reporting a high number of COVID cases and support the state’s efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of positive cases.

The central teams would also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up, the Ministry said. PTI

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