NEW DELHI: The health ministry has sent central teams to Punjab and Chandigarh in view of increasing cases of coronavirus and deaths in these two places.
The teams will be stationed in the state and the UT for 10 days to assist them review public health measures for containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of Covid-19.
The teams include a community medicine expert from PGIMER, Chandigarh, and an epidemiologist from the National Centre for Disease Control. Punjab has a case fatality ratio of 2.9% whereas the national average is much lower. Its Covid-19 tally is 61,527 and it had 15,870 active cases as on Sunday. The state has registered 1,808 deaths. Chandigarh has 2,140 active cases and its total cases stand at 5,502. Testing per million and cumulative positivity rate stand at 38,054 and 11.99% respectively.
“The teams will guide the state and the UT in effectively addressing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up,” the ministry said.