As the number of coronavirus cases in India continues to rise, the health ministry has identified 170 hotspots in the country. Centre has asked local authorities to conduct door-to-door surveys to identify containment areas in these hotspots.
Sources say some industrial activity might be allowed in hotspot districts from the April 20 provided the factories don't fall in a containment area. This, however, is only applicable to non-urban areas. The restriction on plants in will remain stricter.
Among states, Tamil Nadu has the highest number of hotspots - 22 districts.
Kerala has 6 districts classified as hotspots with large outbreak, 1 district having hotspot cluster and 6 districts as non- hotspots. Karnataka has 3 hotspot districts with large outbreak and 3 with clusters. Eleven districts in the state are classified as non-hotspots.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been holding discussion with finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her team to assess future measures to deal with economic impact of COVID-19.
Sources say relief measures will not come in a big bang announcement, adding that MSMEs, daily wagers and labourers are the government's top priority.
CNBC-TV18’s Shereen Bhan spoke to TS Singh Deo, Chhattisgarh health minister, Jagadish Shettar, minister of large & medium scale industries, Government of Karnataka and Thomas Isaac, finance minister of Kerala.