Health Ministry: 170 districts identified as coronavirus hotspots, 207 as not-hotspots

The Union Health Ministry announced 170 districts as coronavirus hotspots a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation to further announce the extension of coronavirus lockdown, thus identifying 207 districts as non-hotspots across the nation. The ministry's move is in line with Tuesday's speech by the Prime Minister, in which he had announced that by April 20, the authorities would open up some sectors of the economy, but only after taking stock in each area of the country.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 15, 2020 18:06 IST

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Luv Agrawal

During the presser, Luv Agrawal, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Health, said on Wednesday, "The country's districts will be classified into three groups-hotspot districts, non-hotspot districts and green zone.

Officials from the health ministry have directed that the districts where COVID-19 cases are registered but are not hotspots need to work proactively, and should implement containment strategies. They also said that door-to-door surveys are being performed by special teams in the hotspots to search for new COVID-19 cases. The samples are obtained and tested according to the sampling criteria.

No movement in containment zones will be permitted, except for those relating to critical services, Lav Agrawal said. 
Until now, however, no population transmission has been recorded in India, but some local outbreaks have occurred, Agarwal cautioned.

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