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Kannur, Kottayam are the only areas in Kerala under red zone in Center’s reconsidered characterization

As indicated by the new hotspot arrangement gave by the Union government, to be in power after May 3 when the second period of the across the nation lockdown closes, Kerala will have two regions each in the green and red zones while the other 10 regions will be named orange zones.

Kannur and Kottayam areas will currently fall in the red zone while Ernakulam and Wayanad will be remembered for the green zone. The staying 10 areas including the state capital Thiruvananthapuram will be in the orange zone.

The Union government has just sent headings to the particular Chief Secretaries in the nation. The Center’s move is an introduction to taking a choice over the relaxations to be affected after the second period of the lockdown finishes on Sunday.

Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose told columnists on Friday that the state will follow the Center’s headings and find a way to update the zonal characterizations dependent on the positive cases reported.

1  Kannur Kerala  Red Zone
2  Kottayam Kerala  Red Zone
3  Kasaragod Kerala  Orange Zone
4 ldukki Kerala  Orange Zone
5  Kozhikode Kerala  Orange Zone
6  Kollam Kerala  Orange Zone
7  Palakkad Kerala  Orange Zone
8 Pathanamthitta Kerala  Orange Zone
9  Malappuram Kerala  Orange Zone
10  Thiruvananthapuram Kerala  Orange Zone
11  Alappuzha Kerala  Orange Zone
12  Thrissur Kerala  Orange Zone
13 Ernakulam Kerala  Green Zone
14 Wayanad Kerala  Green Zone

“We have just made a zonal arrangement. As the Center gave another grouping, we will tail it and make the vital changes to the state’s arrangements. Starting at now, the state can’t change over an orange zone or red zone to a green zone class. In any case, the Center gave the power to change over a green zone or orange zone to red zone dependent on the cases to be accounted for assuming any,” he said.

A letter from Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, to all the central secretaries said that an area will be viewed as in the green zone if there are no affirmed cases up until this point or there is no revealed case throughout the previous 21 days in the district.

The Center clarified that it’s a unique rundown. “The list will be revised on a weekly basis or earlier and communicated to states for further follow-up action in consonance with the directions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. It is further highlighted that based on field feedback and additional analysis at the state level, states may designate additional red or orange zones as appropriate. However, states may not relax the zonal classification of districts classified as Red or Orange as communicated by the Ministry. For the districts having one or more municipal corporations, the corporations and other areas of districts may be treated as separate units. If one or more of these units have reported no cases for the last 21 days, they can be considered as one level lower in zonal classification, in case the district is in Red/Orange Zone. District authorities should, however, exercise due to caution in such areas so that these areas remain free from COVID19 cases”, the letter said.

The letter likewise brought up that it was basic to guarantee that essential activity for control in order to break the chain of transmission of the infection is started in both red and orange zone regions.

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