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Corona virus: how and when the 'red' hotspot zone will change to the 'green' zone in india ?

It is very possible that while reading this story, you will know in which zone you live.

What does zone mean?

If you are in the red zone - the situation is most dangerous.

If you are in the orange zone - the situation is dangerous but less than red.

If you are in the green zone - then you are safe.

By extending the lockdown till May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his message gave a big lure to the people of the country. He said, "By April 20, every city, every police station, every district, every state will have to strictly abide by the lockdown rules. The central government is keeping an eye on you. It will be less, you will be given a little discount after April 20. " Since the Prime Minister's speech, the central government has identified 170 hotspots, which have been declared red zones. Apart from this 207 areas have been declared as non-hotspots i.e. Orange Zone. There are a total of 708 districts in the country. Except for the red and orange, the rest of the zone will be the green zone.

How 'Red Zone' will change to 'Green Zone'

If you are in the red zone, after April 20, the downdown in your area will not be relaxed. This is because no area gets the status of a green zone directly from the red zone.

For this, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan has written a letter to all the state governments. The BBC has a copy of that letter.

The letter gives guidelines to the state governments that it will take at least 14 days to change the status of the red zone to the orange zone and at least 28 days to get the status of the green zone.

The Central Government has clarified that this zone is not permanent.

If there is no positive case for 28 days, the zone can be declared a green zone.

Every Monday, state governments have to review areas falling into three zones.

That is, after April 20, the discount will only be available to people living in the Orange and Green Zones.

People in the red zone may have to wait for relief in the lockdown after May 3rd

Government strategy

The government has two strategies for this.

Cluster Content Strategy - According to the central government, if 15 patients in a single area are found to be positive, the states and districts are instructed to implement the cluster content strategy.

In this, the entry and exit points of the area are determined. A separate team of employees is formed, including the health department, municipal corporation, revenue and volunteers. Their job is contact tracing and door-to-door surveys.

The government is working with this strategy in 47 out of 170 hotspot areas.

Large Outbreak Strong - This is for areas where multiple clusters coexist. Of the 170 hotspots, 123 are working on a major outbreak strategy, according to the central government.

Image copyright pyrite Twitter / District Magistrate Agra

What is the scale to divide into zones?

The central government also provided information on which areas are divided into different zones. According to Joint Health Secretary Luv Agarwal, those areas have been declared red zones.

• Where Corona activated people have a case load of 80% or more

The rate of doubling is higher in corona patients. The case load means that about 80% of the corona positive cases in the state are reported from that area. Understand in simple terms, the area where there are more corona positive patients. The doubling rate means at what rate the number of corona infected patients in the area is doubling. In an area where the number of corona-positive patients will double in less than four days, they have been placed in the red zone. The norm for the government to create so-called non-hotspot zones is- The number of patients here is less than the red zone • But if ignored, they can go into the red zone at any time. Similarly green zone means- Areas are not a single corona patient in those areas. • But the biggest challenge in these areas is not to change the red zone.

How much will this zone benefit?

According to the government, this strategy has made them successful in working in Agra and Bhilwara. But some doctors are not in favor of this.

The Chairman of the Medical Department of Sir Gangaram Hospital, Delhi, Dr. S.P. "It is too early to divide the zones. It needs to wait at least another two weeks so that everything stabilizes. It is very difficult to draw zonal lines in a populous country at present," says Biotra.

Doctors say that some infected people are asymptomatic, that is, they show no symptoms. If people start coming to a certain zone, it will increase people’s exposure.

Dr. Biotra says, "If the terrain is divided into zones in this way, it may still be backward. So in this case we have to wait at least two weeks. If the thinking is that the situation will improve in the last few days, Zones can be created, so I think no one should work to divide zones right now

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