The central government has rushed high-level multi-disciplinary public health teams to Maharashtra and Punjab because of the consistent rise of daily new Covid-19 cases in 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 Dr P Ravindran, Sr CMO, Disaster Management Cell, MoHFW. While the public health team to Punjab will be led by Dr S K Singh, Director, National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), New Delhi.
The teams will visit the states immediately. They will visit the hotspot areas in the states and ascertain the reasons for the surge in Covid-19 cases. They will also brief the Chief Secretary/Secretary (H) on their observations and suggest remedial measures to be undertaken by the state health authorities.