Centre designates all metros as red zones for lockdown post May 3

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The Union well being ministry has designated all main metropolitan cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad—as red zones after the lockdown ends on May 3, and requested states and native our bodies to demarcate containment areas and buffer zones for strict monitoring of motion.

In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Union well being secretary Preeti Sudan gave an inventory of 130 red zones, 284 orange zones and 319 inexperienced zones on the district degree throughout the nation for containment operations. Mint has considered a duplicate of the letter.

“In the spirit of efficient containment, it’s advisable to err on the aspect of warning. Further, a buffer zone round containment zone needs to be demarcated,” Sudan added.

Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have the very best variety of red zones at 19 and 14 respectively, adopted by Tamil Nadu at 12 and all of Delhi’s 11 districts marked as red zones.

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

Both Bengaluru city and rural areas as effectively as Mysuru have been categorized as red zones.

While in city districts, containment zones will likely be demarcated on the idea of residential colony, mohallas, municipal wards, police-station space, municipal zones, or cities, in rural areas these zones will likely be based mostly on villages, clusters of villages, gram panchayats, amongst others, Sudan stated within the letter.

“All States are accordingly requested to delineate the containment zones and buffer zones within the recognized red and orange zone districts and notify the identical,” Sudan stated.

In all these containment areas, Sudan has directed stringent perimeter management with measures such as establishing clear entry and exit factors, no motion besides for medical emergencies and important items and companies, no unchecked inflow of inhabitants, lively search for circumstances by way of home to deal with surveillance, testing of all circumstances, contact tracing and scientific administration of all confirmed circumstances.

In buffer zones, intensive surveillance for circumstances by way of monitoring of circumstances of influenza-like diseases and extreme acute respiratory infections in well being amenities must be taken up, Sudan stated.

For the districts having a number of municipal firms, the Centre has allowed states to deal with municipal firms and different areas of districts as separate items.

If a number of of those items have reported no circumstances for final 21 days, they are often thought-about as one degree decrease in zonal classiflcation, in case the district is in red or orange zone. District authorities ought to, nonetheless, train due warning in such areas in order that these areas stay free from covid-19 circumstances.

“The listing will likely be revised on a weekly foundation or earlier and communicated to states for additional follow-up motion in consonance with the instructions issued by Ministry of Home Affairs underneath the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” Sudan stated within the letter.

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