Centre split 733 districts across India into three zones (red, orange & green); 3 Red Zones, 6 orange zones marked in Odisha

New Delhi: Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan writes to Chief Secys of all states/UTs, designating districts across all states/UTs as Red, Orange & Green Zones.

Since recovery rates have gone up, distritcs are now being designated across various zones duly broad-basing the criteria says Preeti Sudan. Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, in a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, has mentioned a list of 130 red zones, 284 orange zones and 319 green zones across the country.

All major metro cities across the country will remain as ‘red zones’ after the second spell of lockdown ends on May 3. These cities include — Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad. The union health ministry has written to all the states asking them to demarcate the containment zones and restrict the movement.

For dists having 1 or more municipal corporations, corporations&other areas of dists may be treated as separate units. If 1 or more of these have reported no cases for last 21 days,they can be considered 1 level lower in zonal classiflcation, if dist is in Red/Orange Zone says P Sudan.

In buffer zones, extensive surveillance for cases through monitoring of ILI/SARI cases in health facilities has to be taken up. States are requested to delineate the containment zones & buffer zones in the identified red and orange zone districts and notify the same says Preeti Sudan.

Maharashtra, which has over 10,000 coronavirus cases has the maximum red zones followed by Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

As per the notification 3 Red Zones districts marked in Odisha, 6 districts in Yellow Zone, 21 districts . Three districts in  Odisha— Jajpur, Bhadrak & Balasore— are in the red zone. Six districts in the orange zone: Khurda, Sundargarh, Kendrapada, Koraput, Dhenkanal & Kalahandi.