The Centre on Friday deputed multi-disciplinary teams to Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Manipur, Chhattisgarh Kerala and Odisha in view of the high number of COVID-19 cases being reported by these states.

Teams will be supporting the states in their efforts to carry out a targeted Covid response and management and effectively tackling the pandemic, a Union Health Ministry statement said.

The two-member high level team to these states comprises a clinician and a public health expert, the statement said.

The teams will visit the states immediately and monitor the overall implementation of COVID-19 management, especially in testing, including surveillance and containment operations.

The Central teams will assess the situation and suggest remedial actions on public health activities to the respective state governments.

The team to Manipur will be led by Dr L Swasticharan, while the teams for Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura will be lead by Dr Sanjay Sadhukhan and Dr RN Sinha respectively.

And while addressing a press conference in New Delhi today, Niti Aayog member claimed that there was no separate Covid variant in the Northeast, and added that cases may be rising as Covid arrived quite late in the region.