Amid the sudden spike in the number of Coronavirus cases in several Northern states, the Union Government has decided to depute high level Central Teams to Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh to support the States in COVID response and management. ALSO READ | COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Oxford Vaccine To Be Available For Public By April Next Year | Price, Efficacy & All You Need To KnowAs per the latest development, three-member teams will visit the districts reporting high number of COVID cases and support the State efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. The Central teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up.

According to a press statement by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, these States have been either reporting a rise in the number of active cases i.e. those who are hospitalised or are in home isolation under medical supervision, or demonstrating a rise in the daily new cases.

Earlier the Union Government has sent the high level teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Manipur and Chhattisgarh.

Meanwhile, the present active caseload (4,40,962) in the country has further declined to 4.85 per cent of the total Positive Cases, and has been sustained below the 5 per cent mark. The Recovery Rate has improved to 93.69 per cent today as the country registered 43,493 new recoveries in the last 24 hours taking the total recovered cases to 85,21,617.

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The gap between recovered cases and active cases is steadily increasing and presently stands at 80,80,655. Delhi saw 6,963 persons recovering from COVID. Kerala and Maharashtra reported 6,719 and 4,088 new recoveries respectively.

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