Nagpur: The tribal district of Gadchiroli that was a green zone till Sunday has now turned as an orange zone after five positive cases of COVID-19 were detected on Monday.
According to reports reaching the divisional headquarters here on Monday evening, five persons who were quarantined in Kurkheda and Chamorshi in the district tested positive at the Government Medical College and Hospital laboratory in Nagpur. The five labourers, including three tribals, had reached the district in trucks on May 15. They were shifted at the isolation ward of the Gadchiroli district hospital, Later, they were quarantined at Kurkheda and Chamorshi, respectively. According to a senior district health official, the five persons who tested positive were asymptomatic. The district authorities had immediately quarantined the five persons along with others as soon as they had arrived in the district and did not allow them to mingle in the society.
The Centre has issued new guidelines on Sunday, May 17, allowing states to decide the Red, Green and Orange zones so as to enable the state governments to reopen certain segments of the economy in parts. There are as many as 130 districts in the country which come under Red zone, 284 districts in the Orange zone while 219 districts come under Green zone till the first week of this month.
With the positive cases of COVID-19, now the Gadchiroli will be no more a green zone. According to a district health department official, there is a likely of more samples testing positive as they have a travel history from red zones, like Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.
Meanwhile, one more death was reported in Nagpur while 14 new cases of coronavirus were found in the city in the last 24 hours. Now the positive cases in Nagpur reached to 378 while as many as seven people died of the deadly virus here so far.
However, Akola is the worst-hit district in Vidarbha where 18 people died of the deadly virus so far. On Monday, four new cases took the number of positive patients to 261. On the other hand, there was a respite in Amravati where no positive cases were found on Monday. As a result, their death toll remained at 14 with 106 positive cases.