By Bizodisha Bureau, August 31, 2020: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will send a high-level Central teams to Odisha and three other states — Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, which are witnessing a sudden surge in the number of coronavirus cases and reporting high-mortality.

The teams composed of an epidemiologist and a public health expert will support the state efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing and efficient clinical management of the positive cases. They shall also guide the states in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up.

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 cumulative cases till date, Uttar Pradesh has 2,25,632, Odisha (1,00,934), Jharkhand (38,435) and Chhattisgarh has 30,092 cases.

Uttar Pradesh reported highest 3423 death while Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh are reporting 482, 410 and 269 deaths respectively.

The Union Government has been deputing central teams from time to time to visit various states to interact with the authorities and get a first-hand understanding of the challenges and issues being faced by them so as to strengthen their ongoing activities and remove bottlenecks.

With 78,512 fresh coronavirus infections in 24 hours, India’s tally mounted to 3,621,245 on Monday, while the death toll climbed to 64,469 with 971 more fatalities, said the Health Ministry.

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