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NEW DELHI : The Centre will deploy high-level medical teams in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha because of the sudden surge in covid-19 cases in the four states. Some of the states are also reporting high mortality, the Union health ministry said on Monday.

Of these four states, Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of active cases pegged at 54,666, followed by Odisha (27,219), Chhattisgarh (13,520), and Jharkhand (11,577). In terms of total cases till date, Uttar Pradesh has 225,632, Odisha 100,934, Jharkhand 38,435 and Chhattisgarh 30,092. The most number of deaths are reported in Uttar Pradesh (3,423), while Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are reporting 482, 410 and 269 deaths cumulatively.

The teams, the Union health ministry said, will support the efforts of the states towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, and efficient clinical management of positive cases. They shall also guide the states in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow-up.

Kerala cases cross 75,000
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Kerala cases cross 75,000

Each of the multi-sectoral teams will comprise an epidemiologist and a public health expert, the government said.

The central government has been deputing teams from time to time to various states to interact with the authorities and get first-hand understanding of the challenges being faced by them to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks, if any.

Meanwhile, the total number of covid-19 cases in the country reached 3,679,411 as on Monday and the death toll touched 65,404, the Union health ministry said.

India recorded 79,461 cases in the past 24 hours. The ministry said that seven states have contributed 70% of the new cases.

“Of these, Maharashtra accounts for the maximum case load amounting to almost 21%, followed by Andhra Pradesh (13.5%), Karnataka (11.27%) and Tamil Nadu, which stands at 8.27%," the ministry added.

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