Chandigarh declared hot spot

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The Central Government on Wednesday declared Chandigarh to be coronavirus hotspot, a top official said.

Chandigarh has been included in the list of 170 hotspots in the country, the UT Adviser, Mr. Manoj Parida, said on Twitter.

'The Union Government has declared Chandigarh as a HOTSPOT district,as per laid down criteria of Health Ministry,' he tweeted. 'Chandigarh is included in the list of 170 hotspot districts (red zone) of the country.'

The development comes a day after Chandigarh Administration extended curfew until May 3, along the lines of the Prime Minister's lockdown.

Chandigarh so far has 21 coronavirus cases but no reported deaths.

Declaring a place to be hotspot would mean intensified containment strategy---primarily increased testing and isolation---in that area.