Coronavirus India: which zones of Delhi are under lockdown?
The Indian government stated that nationwide lockdown would be extended by two weeks after May 4, with 'considerable relaxations' in lower-risk districts marked as green and orange zones.
The Indian gorvernment announced plans last Friday to extend the nationwide lockdown for another two weeks after May 4, but would allow "considerable relaxations" in lower-risk districts marked as green and orange zones.
Some activities will remain prohibited throughout the country, regardless of the zone, the ministry of home affairs said in a statement.
Those include travel by air, rail and metro and inter-state movement of people by road; and schools and colleges, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, cinema halls and places of worship will remain closed.
As per the new classification, a district will be considered a Green Zone if there are no confirmed cases so far or no reported case in the last 21 days (instead of 28 days).
The health ministry has listed 130 districts in the country in red zone, 284 in orange zone and 319 in green zone on the basis of recent cases relating to the Covid-19 virus. The health ministry has listed 130 districts in the country in red zone, 284 in orange zone and 319 in green zone on the basis of incidence of cases of Covid-19.
All 11 districts of Delhi have been categorized as red zone with the second most populous Indian state of Maharashtra having the maximum number of red zone districts among all states.
The national capital with a population of 18.9 million people saw the biggest spike in coronavirus cases on Saturday with 384 new cases, taking the total to 4,122. Three deaths were reported on the same day with 89 people to have recovered on the same day in the city.
"India is still on the ascending limb of the epidemic curve and so, to ease the restrictions will mean the cases will multiply uncontrollably. And, Delhi has a large number of containment zones, so it will be wise to extend it," Dr S K Sarin, chairman of Delhi government's committee on combating Covid-19, said on Saturday.
India has reported more than 39,000 cases and 1,323 confirmed deaths from the virus. The true extent of infection may be higher in a country where millions of people do not have access to sufficient healthcare.
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