Detailing the government’s plan to contain local outbreak of coronavirus, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, MoHFW, underlined that the affected areas have been divided into two zones- Containment zone and Buffer Zone. The containment zone has been divided into sectors with 50 houses each (30 houses in difficult areas) emphasised Agarwal.
Containment zones are created to map the local transmission of the disease and prevent the contagion from spreading. The rapid response team (RRT) identifies containment zones based on the extent of cases/contacts listed and mapped by them, added Agarwal. He also said that if required, based on the mapping of contacts and cases, the containment zone is refined.
In order strengthen government’s efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, country’s districts will now be classified into three categories—hotspot districts which report a large number of positive cases, non-hotspot districts which record a few coronavirus cases and green zones which have not reported fresh cases for some time. The ministry has identified 170 districts as hotspots, and 207 districts as non-hotspots.
A buffer zone of an additional 5-kilometre radius (7 Kms in rural areas)/administrative boundary of including neighbouring districts/per-urban zone shall also be identified. The efforts are in consonance with government’s micro plan to contain local coronavirus transmission.
CULASSIFICATION OF HOTSPOTS
‘Hotspot (Red zone) classification’- to focus attention on districts/cities reporting large number of cases/high growth rate.
lnclusion Criteria –
*Highest case load districts contributing to more than 80% of cases in lndia or
*Highest case load districts contributing to more than 80% of cases for each state in lndia or
*Districts with doubling rate less than 4 days (calculated every Monday for last 7 days, to be determined by the state government)
Subject to the following exclusion criteria
* No new confirmed cases for last 28 days (Green zone)
List of hotspot districts with large outbreaks
- DELHI: South, South East, Shahdara, West, North, Central, New Delhi, East and South West
- ANDHRAPRADESH: Kurnool, Guntur, Spsr Nellore, Prakasam, Krishna, Y.S.R, West Godavari, Chittoor, Vishakhapatnam, East Godavari and Anantapur
- MAHARASHTRA: Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nagpur, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Yavatmal, Aurangabad, Buldhana, Mumbai Suburban, Nashik.
- Gujarat: Ahmadabad, Surat, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Vadodara
- Karnataka Belagavi, Mysuru, Bengaluru Urban
- Kerala- Kasaragod, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram
- Madhya Pradesh- Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain
- Punjab- Jalandhar, Pathankot
- West Bengal- Kolkata, Howrah, 24 Paraganas North, Medinipur East
- Rajasthan: Jaipur, Tonk, Jodhpur, Banswara, Kota, Jhunjhunu, Jaisalmer, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jhalawar, Bharatpur
- Tamil Nadu: Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Erode, Vellore, Dindigul, Villupuram, Tiruppur, Theni, Namakkal, Chengalpattu, Madurai, Tuticorin, Karur, Virudhunagar, Kanniyakumari, Cuddalore, Thiruvallur, Thiruvarur, Salem, Nagapattinam
- Uttar Pradesh: Agra, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Meerut, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Saharanpur, Shamli, Firozabad, Moradabad. (Agencies)