Guwahati: As India prepares to fight COVID-19, the Union ministry of health and family welfare on the basis of reported cases has classified districts as — hotspots (red zone), non-hotspot districts reporting cases (orange zone) and districts which have not reported positive cases (green zone). Five districts of Assam have featured in the list of ‘hotspot districts with clusters’ falling under the ‘red zone’.
The districts are Golaghat, Marigaon, Nalbari, Goalpara and Dhubri.
According to a letter issued by the Union health ministry dated April 15, “Hotspots (designated red zones) will be assumed to be undertaking effective containment activities if no case is reported in next 14 days (designated orange zones) and will be deemed successful in containment if no case is reported for 28 days (designated green zones).”
Meanwhile, Cachar, Hailakandi, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Lakhimpur, South Salmara Mancachar and Karimganj have been classified as non-hotspot districts reporting cases.
The classification of these districts is most likely to keep changing as according to the letter by the health ministry, “This exercise of identification of hotspots has to be done on a weekly basis (every Monday) or earlier.”
So far, Assam has reported 34 cases with five cured/discharged patients under home quarantine and one fatality.