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Central teams deployed in Punjab, 9 other states reporting high omicron cases, slow vaccination

New Delhi, December 25

Multi-disciplinary central groups have been deployed in 10 states that are reporting both an rising variety of omicron and Covid instances or a gradual vaccination tempo, in keeping with a Union Well being Ministry workplace memorandum.

As per the doc, these 10 states are Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Punjab.

“In view of speedy surge in instances and deaths due to Covid, as reported by numerous news channels, the state governments, and famous in inside critiques, it has been seen that the variety of omicron instances has emerged in some states.

“It has additionally been noticed that the tempo of Covid vaccination in these states is lower than the nationwide common. In wake of this case, a call has been taken to deploy multi-disciplinary central groups to 10 recognized states a few of that are both reporting rising variety of omicron and Covid instances or gradual vaccination tempo, to help the efforts of the state and district administration for administration of Covid,” the memorandum acknowledged.

These groups can be stationed within the states for 3 to 5 days, and they might work together with the state well being authorities, it stated.

The groups will particularly look into areas of contact-tracing, together with surveillance and containment operations, and Covid testing, together with sending of sufficient samples from clusters to the INSACOG community for genome sequencing, the memo acknowledged.

They may also look into enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour, availability of hospital beds, enough logistics, together with ambulances, ventilators, and medical oxygen, and the Covid vaccination progress.

The state-level central groups will assess the state of affairs, counsel remedial actions and submit a report each night by 7 pm on public well being actions being undertaken, moreover submitting the identical to the state governments, the memo acknowledged. PTI

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