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Coronavirus Lockdown 3.0 Explained: What Are Red, Orange, Green And Containment Zones?

As India extends the nation-wide lockdown till May 17, the ministry of health and family welfare revised its guidelines for classifying 733 districts into zones – red, orange, green and containment zone. Here’s all you need to know

Coronavirus Lockdown 3.0 Explained: What Are Red, Orange, Green And Containment Zones?
Highlights
  • 733 districts are classified into red, orange, green & containment zone
  • These zones have varying levels of restrictions
  • Aim of the classification is to contain the spread of coronavirus

New Delhi: As the third phase of nation-wide lockdown kicks-in as the rise in the number of coronavirus cases persists, the ministry of health and family welfare released revised guidelines classifying India’s 733 districts into zones – red, orange, green and containment zone.

All these zones have varying levels of restrictions. So far India has more than 42,000 coronavirus infected people and around 1300 people have died.

What Is A Red, Orange, Green And Containment Zone?

Green Zone: According to the ministry, a green zone area or district is where there are zero confirmed cases of coronavirus in the last 21 days

Red Zones Or Hotspot Districts: Areas with several active cases, high doubling rate of confirmed cases will be classified under Red Zones or Hotspot districts. According to the ministry guidelines, “areas that will have highest caseload districts contributing to more than 80 per cent of cases in India or highest caseload districts contributing to more than 80 per cent of cases for each state in India or districts with doubling rate less than four days”, will also be identified as red zone areas.

Orange Zones: As per the health ministry, those zones which are neither red or green will be called Orange Zones.

In the revised guidelines, the ministry has also divided COVID-19 affected areas within red and orange districts into two more zones which are Containment zone and Buffer Zone. These two are identified by district authorities in clusters such as (colonies/wards/towns in urban centres and villages/panchayats/blocks in rural areas) and are basically those areas which are severely affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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What Are The Restrictions In Each Zone?

According to the revised guidelines, the Red, Orange, Green or containment Zone classification of a district will determine what activities are permitted and what kind of movement is allowed there. In the containment areas, as per the notification, there are additional restrictions.

What is Not Allowed Across India, Irrespective of the Zone: Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road; schools, colleges, and other educational and training/ coaching institutions; hotels and restaurants; cinema halls, malls, gyms, sports complexes etc; social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings; and, religious places/ places of worship for the public.

However, movement of persons by air, rail and road is allowed for select purposes, and for purposes as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The revised guidelines also say that the movement of individuals, for all non-essential activities, shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am.

Whereas, it also mentions that in all zones, persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, and children below the age of 10 years, shall stay at home, except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.

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Red Zones: In the Red Zones, outside the Containment Zones, certain activities are prohibited in addition to those prohibited throughout the country. These are: plying of cycle rickshaws and auto-rickshaws; running of taxis and cab aggregators; intra-district and inter-district plying of buses; and, barbershops, spas and salons.

Moreover, four-wheelers with a driver and two passengers and two-wheelers without pillion riders will be allowed. Offices can open with a third of the staff. However, e-commerce activities are only allowed for essential services.

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Orange Zones: In addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with 1 driver and 1 passenger only. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only. Four wheeler vehicles will have a maximum of two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers. E-commerce is allowed for both essential and non-essential items in the orange zone.

Green Zones: All activities except those prohibited nationwide is allowed in the green zones. However, buses can operate with up to 50% seating capacity and bus depots can operate with up to 50% capacity.

Containment Zones: Entry and exit of people will be severely restricted in this zone. Movement of people will only be allowed for the supply of essential goods and services. Almost everything else remains shut in this zone.

World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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