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Increase Covid tests: Centre to states, UTs

Updated November 20, 2020 15:22 IST
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Seeing the number of Covid-19 cases rising in the national capital, the Centre today advised all state and Union Territory governments to ensure that they don’t miss out any undetected coronavirus patients.

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“The Union government has advised the state/UT governments to adopt aggressive and widespread testing to ensure that the missed out and undetected positive Covid-19 cases are promptly identified for timely and effective tracing, containment and subsequent treatment,” an official press release issued by the Ministry said.

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Today, the government also rushed four high-level medical teams to Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Manipur. “The teams will visit the districts reporting the high number of Covid cases and support the state efforts towards strengthening containment, surveillance, testing, infection prevention and control measures, and efficient clinical management of the positive cases,” the release said.

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“The teams shall also guide in effectively managing the challenges related to timely diagnosis and follow up. The government is also contemplating sending high-level multidisciplinary teams to other states/UTs that are reporting a rise in the Covid-19 positive cases,” the release added.

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More than 10 lakh tests (1,083,397) were conducted in the past 24 hours. In the last 24 hours, 45,882 persons were found to be infected with Covid. India’s present active caseload of 443,794 comprises 4.93 per cent of India’s total positive cases and has been sustained below the 5 per cent mark. Delhi reported 7,546 cases in the last 24 hours and 93 fatalities.

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