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EXPLAINED: India’s containment strategy to battle coronavirus

Over 12,000 coronavirus infections have been reported in India so far. Cases of the deadly virus refuse to come down, keeping India on alert, also forcing an extension of the nationwide lockdown further till May 3. India has charted out an entire containment strategy in this regard, starting from identification of hotspots and their categorisation into Red, Orange and Green Zones. The strategic approach of the government broadly involves defining the area of operation, applying perimeter control, delineating containment and buffer zones, active search for cases, contact tracing, quarantine, clinical management, and awareness generation among public. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health has declared 170 districts in the country as “hotspots” and 207 as “non-hotspots.” Here’s an explainer on India’s containment strategy to fight coronavirus. 

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