The Central government has notified all States and Union Territories the Red, Orange and Green Zones in the country. The government also urged the states to ensure necessary action for containment in order to break the chain of transmission of the virus in both red and orange zone districts.
Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan through a letter said that the districts were earlier designated as hotspots/red zones, orange zones and green zones primarily on the basis of cumulative cases and the doubling rated. But now as the recovery rate has gone up, the districts are now being designated across various zones on the basis of incidence of cases, doubling rate, the extent of testing and surveillance feed.
The newly-issued list of red, orange and green zones is dynamic in nature and will be revised on a weekly basis.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.