India Lockdown 2.0: What are red, orange and green zones? The | India News
A look at what these three categorizations mean:
The Center has named critical zone districts as the Red Zone, as it needs to have focused attention on these areas reporting a high number of Covid-19 cases and a high growth rate. The health ministry has classified 170 critical point districts under the ‘Red Zone’. This is further divided into two groups, i.e. there are 123 hotspot districts with a large outbreak and 47 hotspot districts with groups.
The government will try to provide door-to-door facilities in these areas.
Inclusion criteria for hotspots (Red Zone), according to the government, include: “The districts with the highest number of cases contributing to more than 80 percent of cases in India or the districts with the highest number of cases contributing to more than 80 percent of cases for each state in India “or districts with a doubling rate of less than four days”.
To name a few, Mumbai (873) in Maharashtra, South Delhi (332), Hyderabad (213) in Telangana, Jaipur (170) in Rajasthan and Kasaragod (155) in Kerala are the five main districts from where a lot of COVID – 19 cases are being reported.
Critical hotspots (designated red zones) will be assumed to carry out effective containment activities if no cases are reported within the next 14 days (designated orange zones)
Areas with a limited number of cases in the past and no increase in positive cases recently would be included in the orange zone. Only restricted activities such as limited public transportation and collection of agricultural products are expected to be allowed in the coronavirus orange zone.
Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in the manufacture of essential items such as wheat four (atta), pulse (dal) and edible oils could operate freely with strict maintenance of social distancing.
A hotspot district can become an Orange Zone when no cases are reported in the last 14 days.
The Delhi government has designated areas with one or two positive cases as ‘Orange Zone’. In Maharashtra, around 16 districts with up to 15 cases so far have been designated as the ‘Orange Zone’. These districts are: Gondia, Washim, Buldhana, Yavatmal, Amravati, Akola, Hingoli, Latur, Beed, Jalna, Osmanabad, Jalgaon, Satara, Kolhapur, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri.
For the Green Zone, the health ministry stated that a district that has not reported positive coronavirus cases can be marked under this zone. In addition, any district that is currently in critical areas can be upgraded to the Green category if no new cases appear in 28 days.
Exemptions can be granted in these sectors according to the government plan. The limited movement of people linked to essential services and businesses can be extended. The opening of liquor stores and other essential items that play an important role in the generation of state revenues can obtain an extension in this area.
A total of 207 districts without hotspots with uninfected groups and districts have been classified as a Green Zone.
The goal of the containment plan is for states to use the extended blackout period to the maximum extent to convert access points (red) to orange and, in turn, green areas and contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Critical points (designated red zones) will be assumed to carry out effective containment activities if no cases are reported within the next 24 days (designated green zones).
Like Orange Zone, MSMEs engaged in the manufacture of essential items would be allowed to operate freely with strict maintenance of social distance.