COVID-19: Delhi government to sanitise city's red, orange zones from Monday, says Arvind Kejriwal

According to the government, 34 hotspots in the national capital have been identified as COVID-19 containment zones.

Published: 12th April 2020 06:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 13th April 2020 10:17 AM   |  A+A-

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A massive sanitisation drive will begin from Monday with its focus primarily on COVID-19 high-risk and containment zones in the city where another 10 localities were sealed a day before.

The containment zones, declared as ‘Red Zones’, and the high-risk zones, declared as ‘Orange Zones’, will be sanitised from Monday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced.

“Wherever we are finding COVID-19 positive cases, we are sealing those areas and declaring them as containment zones. Operation SHIELD will be implemented in the coming days. We have to take these measures to ensure to protect from the virus. In the US, there have been 2,000 deaths daily in 24 hours. We do not want to face the same situation,” he said.

Five more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Delhi, taking the toll to 24. With another 85 people testing positive, the national capital has 1,154 active cases. According to a government official, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev has directed officers to strictly monitor the containment zones and follow all laid down procedures.


Southeast Delhi has 12 containment zones, followed by East Delhi 9, Shahdara 5, West Delhi 4, South, Southwest and Central Delhi 3 each, New Delhi and North district 2 each. Expressing his concern over rising number of positive cases, Kejriwal, however, assured the people that steps were being taken to contain the spread of the virus.

Giving details of the sanitisation drive, Kejriwal said 10 technologically-advanced machines from Japan along with 50 Delhi Jal Board (DJB) sanitisation machines would be used as part of the ongoing ‘Operation SHIELD’.

Kejriwal said the operation launched in Dilshad Garden had halted local transmission there. “No new case has been reported in Dilshad Garden in the last 10 days due to Operation SHIELD,” he said.


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