Guwahati: Amid reports in a section of local media in Assam, both digital and television, flashing out notices that Guwahati has been declared a ‘red zone’, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) has clarified that it is fake news.
A digital media house published a news report stating that the ministry of home affairs had declared Guwahati a red zone due to the rise of COVID-19 positive cases. However, the state government has not released any official statement regarding this issue. Yet another regional television media house announced that along with Kamrup (Metro), even Cachar, Bongaigaon and three other districts — a total of six — have been declared as red zones.
These claims have however been proven to be fake news as PIB took to its Twitter handle to clarify that it’s the MoHFW (ministry of home and family welfare), and not the HMO (Office of the Home Minister of India), that categorises districts into red, orange and green zones in relation to COVID-19 cases. The tweet also stated that Assam as of now has no red zone district.
As per the list which was issued by the Union ministry of health and family welfare on April 30, only Dhubri, Goalpara, and Morigaon districts in Assam are under orange zone and none in the red zone.
Red zones are areas with substantial number of COVID-19 positive cases and also have a high number of infection rates.