Centre mulls sending high-level teams to states, UTs reporting rise in Covid-19 cases | India News

NEW DELHI: Amid spike in Covid-19 cases in certain states, the Centre advised states to adopt aggressive and widespread testing to ensure undetected positive cases are promptly identified for timely and effective tracing and treatment.
Overall, more than 10.83 lakh samples were tested across the country on Thursday to detect 45,882 positive cases. The day’s positivity rate stood at 4.2%, whereas cumulatively the positivity rate was almost 7% as the total tally of Covid-19 infections in India breached the grim milestone of 90 lakh.
While four high level teams have already been sent to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur to monitor the fight against coronavirus, the health ministry is now considering sending Central teams to other states that are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases. States like Delhi, Kerala, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Rajasthan are the five states which are seeing increased number of coronavirus cases and have reported maximum number of cases on Thursday.
Ten states accounted for 77% of the 45,882 new cases reported in a single day on Thursday. While Delhi reported 7546 cases, both Kerala and Maharashtra reported over 5000 cases.
Currently, 20 states and UTs are reporting a cumulative positivity rate lower than the national average.
India’s present active caseload of 443,794 comprises 4.93% of India’s total positive cases. Ten states/UTs account for 78.2% of the total active caseload. Maharashtra leads the tally with 18.19% of the share.
“Higher volumes of testing eventually lead to low positivity rate,” the health ministry said.

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