Covid 19

Govt Identifies 170 Districts Hotspots, Identifies 207 As Non-Hotspots

Govt has identified 170 districts as hotspots of COVID-19 outbreak & 207 as non-hotspots, the rest have been categorised as green zones.

New Delhi| Govt identifies 170 districts as hotspots classifying them under Red Zone, 207 districts as non-hotspot or White Zone and 353 unaffected districts as Green Zone.

Hotspots are the districts where the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded are high or the rate of growth of positive cases is high. Non-hotspots are the zones that have recorded cases of coronavirus but the number is limited.

Where no case of COVID-19 has been reported are green zone districts.

The restrictions will not be lifted in the 170 districts marked as Red Zones or hotspots. These include districts in several prominent cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Srinagar, Nagpur, Pune, Indore, among others.

Addressing his daily presser, Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary Ministry of Health told media that Cabinet Secretary held a video conference on Wednesday with all state chief secretaries, DGPs, health secretaries, collectors, SPs, municipal commissioners and CMOs.

During the meeting, he said, the Cabinet Secretary discussed the field-level implementation of containment strategy in hotspots.

On Wednesday, the Centre issued revised guidelines for the COVID-19 lockdown Phase 2 as announced by PM Modi on Tuesday.

The guidelines have given some relief to agricultural activities and industries in rural areas. However, all kinds of travel are restricted until May 3.

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The gyms, bars and malls will also remain shut.

To ‚Äúmitigate hardships to the public,‚ÄĚ agriculture, IT, e-commerce and all inter-state goods transport will be allowed after April 20.

The new guidelines say that areas important for rural and agricultural development and job creation will be resumed in non-COVID-19 zones.

Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday said that keeping the situation in mind we have decided to extend the lockdown until 3rd May.

PM has extended the lockdown till 3rd May indicating that a strict lockdown will be followed till 20th April.

After 20th April, some restrictions in unaffected areas will be lifted after analysis.

PM says that whatever relaxations granted during the shutdown to some areas will be upon conditions. And even if there is one new case reported in the area, the relaxations will be taken back.

Proper guidelines on the lockdown extension and its rules will be issued tomorrow, said PM. Talking about daily wagers, Prime Minister says the new guidelines will be made keeping their interests in mind.

In the highest ever jump till date, India over the last 24 hours reported 1,173 new cases of the COVID-19 as the death toll increased to 392 and the number of cases inched closer to the 12,000-mark.

Of the total 11,933 cases, 10,197 are active and 1,343 are cured/discharged.

The recovery rate stands at 11.41 per cent.

The novel coronavirus has infected over 1.9 million people while the global death toll is over 1,20,000.

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