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.
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.
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.