150 districts with 15% positivity rate may go under lockdown

New Delhi: At a time when several states across the country have imposed lockdown-like restrictions to break the chain of the virus, a Central-level proposal has been drawn up to impose complete lockdown in highly sensitive districts with exemptions for a set of defined essential services.

As per a report, the complete lockdown will be imposed in around 150 districts with Covid-19 positivity rate of over 15% as health systems in these areas are seen to be under stress due to the pandemic.

The report further stated that the measures were recommended by the Union Health ministry at a high-level meeting on Tuesday but a final decision will be taken by the Centre in consultation with state governments. However, the Central-level proposal may be further refined, but the urgent need to tackle the spread in high caseload-high positivity districts was underlined by the ministry.