Seven states have witnessed an upsurge in daily new cases of COVID-19. These states are Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. Union Health Ministry said, Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at eight thousand 807. It is followed by Kerala with over four thousand, while Punjab reported 558 new cases.
The Centre has deputed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to ascertain reasons for the surge and coordinate with the State Health Departments in COVID-19 control and containment measures. 

The Centre has also written to States and Union Territories to focus on undertaking aggressive measures to break the chain of transmission. They have been advised to increase testing in a focussed manner in the affected districts with the appropriate split of RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests.

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