Omicron scare: Centre to deploy multi-disciplinary teams in 10 states

Omicron scare: Centre to deploy multi-disciplinary teams in 10 states

New Delhi: Amid rising concerns over the new COVID-19 variant Omicron and surge in cases in various parts of the country, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday informed that multi-disciplinary Central teams would be deployed in 10 identified states.

“A decision has been taken to deploy multi-disciplinary Central teams to 10 identified States some of which are either reporting an increasing number of Omicron and COVID-19 cases or slow vaccination pace,” Union Health Ministry informed in an official statement.

The teams are to be deployed in Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Mizoram, Karnataka, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Punjab. These teams will be stationed in the states for three to five days and will work along with the State Health Authorities.

As per the Ministry, these teams will specifically look at areas of contact tracing, including surveillance, containment operations, and COVID-19 testing including sending of adequate samples from clusters to the INSACOG network for genome sequencing. The teams will also be responsible for the enforcement of COVID-19 appropriate behaviours, availability of hospital beds, sufficient logistics including ambulances, ventilators, medical oxygen etc, and COVID-19 vaccination progress in the states.

“The State level central teams will assess the situation, suggest remedial actions and submit a report every evening by 7 PM on the public health activities being undertaken to both the Central and state government,” the statement further read.

Meanwhile, India reported 7,189 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, while the nationwide case tally of the Omicron variant of coronavirus has reached 415. (ANI)

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first published:Dec. 25, 2021, 4:05 p.m.

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