Covid-19: Centre designates all cities as red zones for lockdown post-May 3

New Delhi: Security personnel stop commuters for checking before going into in Noida during the across the country total lockdown, at Okhla barrage in New Delhi, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 (PTI Photo/Kamal Singh)( PTI22-04-2020 _000249 B) ( PTI)
  • Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have the greatest number of red zones at 19 and 14 respectively
  • All of Mumbai’s suburban areas have been categorized as red zones

The Union health ministry has designated all major urbane cities– Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad– as red zones after the lockdown ends on May 3, and asked states and regional bodies to demarcate containment locations and buffer zones for rigorous monitoring of movement.

In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Union health secretary Preeti Sudan gave a list of 130 red zones, 284 orange zones, and 319 green zones at the district level throughout the nation for containment operations. Mint has viewed a copy of the letter.

” In the spirit of effective containment, it is a good idea to err on the side of care. Even more, a buffer zone around the containment zone needs to be demarcated,” Sudan added.

Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have the highest number of red zones at 19 and 14 respectively, followed by Tamil Nadu at 12 and all of Delhi’s 11 districts marked as red zones.

Amongst Delhi’s suburban areas, Faridabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Meerut have actually been categorized as red zones, while Gurgaon and Ghaziabad have been categorized as an orange zone. All of Mumbai’s suburban areas have been categorized as red zones.

Both Bengaluru metropolitan and backwoods along with Mysuru have been classified as red zones.

While in city districts, containment zones will be demarcated on the basis of property nest, mohallas, community wards, police-station area, local zones, or towns, in backwoods these zones will be based upon towns, clusters of towns, gram panchayats, to name a few, Sudan said in the letter.

” All States are appropriately requested to mark the containment zones and buffer zones in the determined red and orange zone districts and notify the same,” Sudan stated.

In all these containment locations, Sudan has actually directed rigid border control with steps such as developing clear entry and exit points, no movement other than for medical emergency situations and important goods and services, no untreated influx of population, active search for cases through house to house security, testing of all cases, contact tracing and medical management of all validated cases.

In buffer zones, substantial monitoring for cases through monitoring of cases of influenza-like health problems and severe acute respiratory infections in health facilities need to be taken up, Sudan said.

For the districts having one or more municipal corporations, the Centre has actually permitted states to deal with local corporations and other areas of districts as different units.

If one or more of these systems have actually reported no cases for the last 21 days, they can be thought about as one level lower in zonal classification, in case the district is in red or orange zone. District authorities should, however, exercise due caution in such locations so that these locations remain free from covid-19 cases.

” The list will be revised on a weekly basis or earlier and interacted to states for further follow-up action in consonance with the directions released by the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” Sudan stated in the letter.

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