Hundreds of containment zones set up across India to slow the spread of coronavirus

Several states in India have set up hundreds of “containment zones” in areas that have seen a concentration of novel coronavirus cases.

The model, first used in the northern state of Rajasthan, increases containment measures by varying degrees inside the designated locations.

In the capital region of Delhi, 20 zones have been set up and the areas sealed off.

“Inside that neighborhood, or on the streets, people are not allowed to go in or get out. In those areas, people cannot even roam on the streets,” said Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s deputy chief minister.

In India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, state officials have set up 104 containment zones across 15 of its 75 districts, which will be “completely sealed” until April 15.

“A 100% lockdown will be enforced but only in the hot spots of the 15 districts. Other areas in the districts will continue to follow the guidelines of the current lockdown. There is no need to panic,” Awanish Awasthi, a senior official from the state’s Home Department, said at a news conference on Wednesday.

He added that earlier media reports that entire districts would be shut were inaccurate. Uttar Pradesh has a total of 361 confirmed cases, including four deaths.

Countrywide, there have been a total of 5,916 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including 178 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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