The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is all set to send a central team led by Joint Secretary Health Lav Agarwal to Gujarat, Maharashtra and Telangana starting June 26. A statement issued by the health ministry said the team will interact with the state officials and coordinate with them to strengthen ongoing efforts for management of Covid-19.
The central team is expected to return on June 29 after interacting with state officials to understand the Covid-19 management efforts and requirements in these three states.
Maharashtra remains in top position in terms of cases and has so far recorded 1,42,900 positive coronavirus infections. The state currently has more than 62,000 active cases. Gujarat has so far registered over 29,000 positive cases and over 6,000 of them are active cases. Telangana, too, has recorded over 10,000 cases with half of them still active.
Central team to guide states
As cases keep rising in the country, the central team is expected to advise the respective state government in containment and management of the virus outbreak.
Some of the issues which may come up for discussions include testing bottlenecks, low tests per million population, high confirmation rates, risk of capacity shortfall, potential bed shortage, growing fatality rate, high doubling rate and a possible spike in the number of active cases.
Meanwhile, India now has 1,007 diagnostic labs — 734 government-run and 273 private.
India is also in a comfortable position with cases per lakh in the country currently limited to 33.39 against the global average of 120.21 cases/lakh.
Also, death rate/lakh cases in the country is currently amongst the lowest in the world with 1.06 deaths/lakh in comparison to the world average of 6.24 deaths/lakh.
As many as 2, 07,871 tests for Covid-19 have been conducted in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tests to more than 75 lakhs.
During the last 24 hours, a total of 13,012 Covid-19 patients have recovered, taking the total number of recoveries to 2,71,696.
It may be noted that the recovery rate is currently at 57.43 per cent and there are over 1.86 lakh active cases in the country.