Terms like ‘Quarantine’ and ‘Hotspot,’ which were used by medical experts with respect to diseases, are now being used in common household because of the Coronavirus outbreak in India and around the world. The Health Ministry, on Wednesday, said that the districts in the country will be classified into three categories: Hotspot districts, non-hotspot districts and green zone districts. So, what exactly turns a geographical area into a COVID-19 hotspot? Nation Next tells you all you must know about COVID-19 hotspot!
What makes an area a hotspot?
If six or more persons from a specific geographical area test positive for Coronavirus, the area is declared as a hotspot.
What’s not allowed in a hotspot?
Once an area is declared a hotspot, citizens may be barred from stepping out of their homes for any kind of work including going out to buy grocery or medicines. ATMs and Banks may also be closed in such an area.
What is allowed in a hotspot?
Groceries, medicines, and other essential items may be home delivered when an area is declared as a hotspot. The area may be extensively screened regularly with the help of door-to-door monitoring and may also be regularly sanitized.
How do the measures help?
Declaring an area into a hotspot and restricting people to step out of such an area makes it easier for authorities to identify and treat infected people. It also help prevents community transmission of COVID-19.