A COVID-19 hotspot sealed by the police

With the lockdown period officially coming to an end on April 15, 2020, the Centre and the state governments are focusing on narrowing down all the coronavirus hotspot areas in the country to boost its efforts to control the spread of novel coronavirus, which has claimed over 140 lives till now.

Uttar Pradesh and Delhi have already sealed off around 20 hotspots from midnight on April 8, 2020. The decision was taken by the respective state/ UT governments to create containment zones of the COVID-19 virus to tackle the crisis.

Once an area is declared a coronavirus hotspot, it will be sealed off and no person will be permitted inside the localities or be allowed to leave them. This was shared by Delhi deputy CM Manish Sisodia, who assured that the government will ensure the delivery of essential items in such areas.

So, are you living in a COVID hotspot area? Know what are hotspots and where are all the hotspot areas in India.

What are hotspots?

Hotspots are areas that have reported a comparatively higher number of confirmed coronavirus cases. The people detected positive may not be family members, increasing the possibility of community transmission of coronavirus in such areas. To prevent the same, the governments have identified and sealed off such areas to stop people from stepping out at all. Containment zones have been created to prevent exposure to deadly infection. In Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, the areas with more than six positive cases have been declared as hotspot areas and will be subjected to a harsh lockdown.

Coronavirus hotspot areas in India

Several areas have emerged as coronavirus hotspot areas in India including Mumbai, Noida and Delhi’s Nizamuddin. While the states have begun the task of identifying hotspots in their respective areas, the Centre has also identified about 25 potential hotspots of coronavirus. Such areas will require a heavy deployment of health workers and resources.

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