170 districts declared as COVID-19 hotspots

Annu Dewan
File Photo: Health Ministry press conference on coronavirus

File Photo: Health Ministry press conference on coronavirus

The Union Health Ministry has identified 170 COVID-19 hotspot districts in the country.

It has categorised 207 districts as non-hotspot, which means they report cases sporadically, and the rest as green zone, which are completely free of infection.

Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Aggarwal explained that hotspots are districts where the absolute number of COVID-19 cases reported is high or the rate of growth of positive cases is high. While non-hotspots have a limited number of COVID-19 cases, Green zone districts have no case of the novel Coronavirus.

“Areas that are reporting cases but are not hotspots at present could turn into potential hotspots in the future,” Lav Aggarwal said.

The Health Ministry informed that the government has discussed a detailed field implementation plan of containment strategy in hotspots with all state chief secretaries, DGPs, health secretaries, collectors, SPs, Municipal commissioners and CMOs by cabinet secretary via video conferencing.

Under the containment strategy, a special team will search for active cases in contained clusters. Samples will be collected and tested of all symptomatic people within the cluster even if they had no direct or indirect contact with a positive patient or travel history.

The Health Ministry has also issued fresh guidelines to states, urging the governments to focus on arranging dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and implement contact tracing.

The states have also been asked to focus on clinical management in buffer zones – areas near containment zones and non-containment zones.