COVID-19 Lockdown : What are red, orange, green zones?
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To tackle the outbreak of coronavirus in an effective and structured manner, the Union ministry of health and family welfare has classified country's districts in three zones - Red, Orange, and Green — based on the severity of outbreak in those areas.

A look at what these three categorizations mean —

#Red Zone

- These areas are reporting a large number of Covid-19 cases and a high growth rate.
- 170 hotspot districts under the 'Red Zone'. Further two groups i.e. 123 hotspot districts with a large outbreak and 47 hotspot districts with clusters.
- Government to provide door-to-door facilities in these areas.
- Inclusion criteria: "Highest caseload districts contributing to more than 80 percent of cases in India or highest caseload districts contributing to more than 80 percent of cases for each State in India or districts with doubling rate less than four days."
- Red Zones Hotspots will be assumed to be undertaking effective containment activities if no case is reported in the next 14 days (designated Orange Zones)

#Orange Zone

- The areas with a limited number of cases in the past and with no surge in positive cases.
- Activities allowed with strict maintenance of social distancing: Limited public transport, farm product harvesting, Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in the manufacturing of essential items like wheat four (atta), pulse (dal) and edible oils.
- A hotspot district can be turned to Orange Zone when no cases are reported in the last 14 days.
- 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 'Orange Zone'.

#Green Zone

- District that has not reported positive coronavirus cases can be marked under this zone.
- If no new cases arise in 28 days, can be moved to the Green category
- Limited movement of people linked to essential services and business may be given extension. Opening of liquor shops and other essential items that play a major role in generating state revenue may get an extension in this zone.
- Total of 207 non-hotspot districts with clusters and non-infected districts have been classified as Green Zone.

The goal of the containment plan is that the states should utilize the extended lockdown period to the maximum extent to convert the hotspots (Red) to Orange and in turn Green Zones and contain the spread of Covid-19 in the country.

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Congratulations for sensible zoning; good administrative strategy; I had suggested this obviously in national interest. Wonderful!! National interest first!! Really thoughtful. COVID19 KYA, KOI NAHI HARAA SAKTAA BHARAT KE SENSIBLE LOGON KO. DUNIYAA SAATH HAI. SAB JAG EK HAI. May the almighty get all of us out of this menace created by the pandemic. Date rehnaa limits mein. Galatian nahi karnaa kucchh.
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