170 COVID-19 Hotspots Identified Across India: Vizag One of Them Under Lockdown

Updated: Apr 19

To Contain the COVID-19 outbreak the Health Ministry have detailed their plan and divided the Nation's States and their districts to Containment zone and Buffer Zone

Containment zones are created to map the local transmission of the disease and prevent the contagion from spreading. The rapid response team (RRT) identifies containment zones based on the extent of cases/contacts listed and mapped by them, added Agarwal. He also said that if required, based on the mapping of contacts and cases, the containment zone is refined.


In order to strengthen the government's efforts to contain the novel coronavirus, the country's districts will now be classified into three categories—hotspot districts that report a large number of positive cases, non-hotspot districts which record a few coronavirus cases and green zones which have not reported fresh cases for some time. The ministry has identified 170 districts as hotspots, and 207 districts as non-hotspots.

A buffer zone of an additional 5-kilometer radius (7 Kms in rural areas)/administrative boundary of including neighboring districts/peri-urban zone shall also be identified. The efforts are in consonance with the government's micro plan to contain local coronavirus transmission.


Hotspot Classification:

'Hotspot (Red zone) classification'- to focus attention on districts/cities reporting a large number of cases/high growth rates.

Hotspots Inclusion Criteria:

  • Highest caseload districts contributing to more than 80% of cases in India or

  • Highest caseload districts contributing to more than 80% of cases for each state in India or

  • Districts with doubling rate less than 4 days (calculated every Monday for last 7 days, to be determined by the state government)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No new confirmed cases for the last 28 days (Green zone)




List of Hotspot Districts:

  • DELHI: South, South East, Shahdara, West, North, Central, New Delhi, East, and South West

  • ANDHRA PRADESH: Kurnool, Guntur, Spsr Nellore, Prakasam, Krishna, Y.S.R, West Godavari, Chittoor, Vishakhapatnam, East Godavari, and Anantapur

  • MAHARASHTRA: Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nagpur, Sangli, Ahmednagar, Yavatmal, Aurangabad, Buldhana, Mumbai Suburban, Nashik.

  • Gujarat: Ahmadabad, Surat, Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Vadodara.

  • Chandigarh

  • Karnataka- Belagavi, Mysuru, Bengaluru Urban

  • Kerala- Kasaragod, Ernakulam, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram

  • Madhya Pradesh- Indore, Bhopal, Ujjain

  • Punjab- Jalandhar, Pathankot

  • West Bengal- Kolkata, Howrah, 24 Paraganas North, Medinipur East

  • Rajasthan: Jaipur, Tonk, Jodhpur, Banswara, Kota, Jhunjhunu, Jaisalmer, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Jhalawar, Bharatpur

  • Tamil Nadu: Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Erode, Vellore, Dindigul, Villupuram, Tiruppur, Theni, Namakkal, Chengalpattu, Madurai, Tuticorin, Karur, Virudhunagar, Kanniyakumari, Cuddalore, Thiruvallur, Thiruvarur, Salem, Nagapattinam

  • Uttar Pradesh: Agra, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Meerut, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Saharanpur, Shamli, Firozabad, Moradabad.

As Always Stay Safe!



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