The Central Government has rushed high level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab in view of the increase in the 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 the Senior CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MOHFW Dr P Ravindran. While the public health team to Punjab will be led by the Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi Dr S K Singh.
The teams visit the States immediately and will visit the hotspot areas in the States and ascertain the reasons for the surge. They will also brief the Chief Secretary or Secretary Health on their observations and remedial measures to be undertaken by the State Health authorities.