Centre Rushes Expert Team to Assist Chandigarh, Punjab in Handling COVID-19

Recently, India has achieved dubious distinction of world’s second-worst COVID-19 affected nation and Union government has drawn up swords to help states to combat and contain the pandemic. 

Punjab and UT Chandigarh have recently witnessed a huge spike in COVID cases and mortality making Union Ministry of Health to rush central teams there. 

How is the central team going to assist the state and UT? 

Assist in consolidating public health measures related to containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of COVID patients. The singular aim is to cut down mortality. 

Provide guidance in effectively addressing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow-up.

About the Central Team

The expert team will consist of two members – Community Medicine expert from PGIMER, Chandigarh and an epidemiologist from NCDC.

These teams shall be stationed in the state and UT for ten days to provide extended guidance in managing COVID.

COVID-19 Status of Punjab

As on September 6, out of the total of 61,527 COVID-19 cases, 15,870 are active cases. 1808 deaths have been registered. 

The testing per million figure for the state is 37,546 (India’s average figure is 34,593.1 at present).

With 4.97 per cent, it hovers at the lower spectrum of cumulative positivity.

COVID-19 Status in Chandigarh

Chandigarh has reported 2140 active cases,  whereas its cumulative cases stand at 5502. Testing per million and cumulative positivity stand at 38054 and 11.99 per cent, respectively.

The Centre has extended active support to the states so that the overall case mortality can be brought down to less than 1 percent.

Source: The Tribune, COVID19India

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