Srinagar: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has identified 170 districts in twenty-five states and union territories across the country as COVID-19 hotspots; among them, eight are in Jammu and Kashmir.
These districts, where the number of coronavirus cases is higher, will be declared as red zones which will have the strictest lockdown measures to prevent further spread of the virus.
As many as 207 districts in 27 states with lesser number of cases will be classified non-hotspots or white zones. Districts with zero coronavirus patient will be classified as green zones.
In Kashmir division, hotspots with large outbreaks are Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, and Kupwara, while Jammu district from the other division. Budgam in Kashmir division and Rajouri in Jammu division have been listed as hotspot with clusters by the MoHFW.
Meanwhile, three districts in Kashmir have been listed as non-hotspot districts with reporting cases: Budgam, Kulgam, and Ganderbal. Samba in Jammu division is also listed as non-hotspot district.
By far, the UT has recorded 300 cases of COVID-19; among them majority are from Kashmir division. Out of the total, four have died due to the infection. In India, the number of cases crossed the 12,000 mark while more than 400 have died.