The Central government on Friday wrote to Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Territories notifying them about the Red, Orange and Green Zones in the country. The government also urged the states to ensure necessary action for containment to break the chain of transmission of the virus in both red and orange zone districts.
In a letter to all states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said that the districts were earlier designated as hotspots/red zones, orange zones and green zones primarily based on cumulative cases and the doubling rated.
Since the recovery rate has gone up, the districts are now being designated across various zones based on the incidence of cases, doubling rate, the extent of testing and surveillance feed, read the letter.
Sudan further explained that the newly-issued list of red, orange, and green zones is dynamic in nature and will be revised every week.
It should be noted that a district is being considered under Green Zone only if there is no confirmed case so far or there is no reported case in the last 21 days in the district.
Meanwhile, India reported 1,993 fresh cases of coronavirus and 71 virus-related deaths in the last 24 hours. Till Friday morning, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has breached past the 35,000-mark while the death toll stood at 1,147.
Maharashtra recorded the maximum spike with 583 new cases and 27 deaths, taking the total positive cases to 10,498 and death toll at 459. Out of the total cases in the state, 1773 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged from medical facilities.
(With inputs from timesnownews)