More TN districts move from red to orange, rules to be relaxed from 4 May

The Union health ministry has moved many zones across the country to orange zones and green zones based on Covid-19 cases. The country now has 130 districts in the red zone with 319 districts in the green zone.

In Tamil Nadu, at least 13 more districts have been moved to orange zone, before they completed the earlier stipulated time of 14 days without a case. This takes the total number of orange zone districts in the state now to 23. Rules will be relaxed in these places from May 4, it is said.

Green zone includes districts with zero confirmed cases, or no confirmed cases in the last 21 days. Red zone districts will be defined taking into account total number of active cases, doubling rate of confirmed cases and extend of testing and surveillance feedback. Orange zone includes districts that neither fall in green or red.

The classification gives power to district administrations to separately assess the situation in areas coming under municipal corporations and outside, and distribute the cases accordingly. If a red zone district has no positive case for 21 days outside a municipal corporation limits, then the area outside may be classified as orange.

So far, people in the state have been meeting district authorities to seek vehicle passes for inter and intra-state movement. With the state having a very high number of Covid-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu government has been trying to use various strategies to ensure containment of the virus.

To make the process even easier, SMS notifications, e-pass downloading option, QR code-based verification, call centre support, free of cost e-seva support will be available for the users.