Imphal: In a significant development towards fighting against COVID-19, Manipur’s Imphal West district has been placed in the ‘orange zone’ from red following no reports of COVID-19 positive cases in the last 14 days, said reports.

Imphal West is among the only two districts of northeast India, the other being Aizawl West in Mizoram, who were classified under orange zone by the Union ministry of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Altogether, 27 districts from across 17 states in the country have entered the orange zone category, also known as non-hotspots.

Moreover, in the next 14 days if no positive case for COVID-19 is reported, Imphal West district will enter into a green zone category and declared free from the virus, the report said.

Districts having high rates of infection for COVID-19 or large outbreaks are being classified as red zone or hotspots, whereas districts witnessing some cases denotes as non-hotspots category. And those districts which have reported no cases are under free zones, as per union health secretary Preeti Sudan.

As per the list released by the Centre, 170 districts of the country, including the major cities, have been designated as red zones, whereas there are no green zones designated.

Manipur witnessed its first COVID-19 case from Imphal West on March 24 after a 23-year-old girl, with a travel history to London, had contracted the disease. She was admitted at the isolation ward of the state-run JNIMS Hospital in Imphal.

Following the reports of the girl tested negative thrice for coronavirus, she was discharged from the hospital and declared free from the virus on April 12.

At present, Manipur has only one active COVID-19 patient, a 65-year-old man linked with Delhi’s Nizamuddin religious meeting last month.

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