Ahead of the end of the extended lockdown, the health ministry has prepared the final list of containment zones, dividing states and districts into different categories based on the spread of coronavirus pandemic in these regions.
“It is important to ensure that we identify pockets of critical interventions for a focused management of Covid 19 at the field level,” the ministry said in a statement released after the meeting of Cabinet Secretary with the Chief Secretaries and Secretary Health of the states.
As per the fresh list, 130 districts fall under the Red Zones, 284 in the Orange Zones and 319 in Green Zones. A district will fall under the Green Zone if it has either not reported any confirmed case so far or not reported a single case in the last 21 days.
The ministry has decided to include all metro cities in the ‘Red’ zones.
All districts of Delhi have been included in the Red Zone category. Maharashtra, the most affected state, has the highest number of Red Zones – 14 districts – among all states.
In Tamil Nadu, 12 districts fall under the Red Zones, 19 in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in West Bengal while nine each in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Rajasthan has eight Red Zones.
Assam has 30 Green Zone districts, the highest.