New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Delhi government on Friday expressed its disappointment after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal made five-day institutional-quarantine compulsory for every coronavirus patient under home-quarantine in the city-state and called it ‘arbitrary’ decision.

Demanding it be reconsidered by the Centre, the state government said that the decision will ‘seriously harm’ the national capital, adding that it will only serve to scare away people from getting tested.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government said that home-isolation programme has been one of the most successful initiatives against coronavirus and has treated thousands of mild and asymptomatic cases in national capital so far.

"We have been completely supportive of the central government in our collective fight against corona, but this arbitrary decision will seriously harm Delhi. They should re-consider this decision," the Delhi government said.

"Today's order of the central government stopping home isolation will discourage people from testing and further spread Corona as asymptomatic and mild symptom patients will resist testing and will not be quarantined," the Delhi government added.

The state government further said that home-isolation encouraged a lot of people with minor symptoms to come out and get tested as they knew that they will not be taken to a hospital or quarantine centre forcibly.

"Now, large quarantine centres would need to be made to house thousands of asymptomatic people. Thousands of patients are being treated at home at the moment. After this order, we would immediately need thousands of beds in quarantine centres," it further added.

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had on Friday made five-day institutional-quarantine compulsory for every coronavirus patient under home-quarantine in the city-state.

In an order, the Delhi LG directed the authorities to conduct physical surveillance of those in self-quarantine and ordered the discontinuation “with immediate effect” of the services of a private agency which was making telephonic contact with home-quarantined individuals to guide them.   

“Delhi is reviewed regularly in the Ministry of Home Affairs and it was observed that 'Home Isolation' without physical contact to monitor the patients may be a reason for increase in spread of increase in COVID-19 infections in Delhi,” he said in his letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“Five days institutional-quarantine of each case under home-quarantine is to be made mandatory and, thereafter, (they) will be sent for home-isolation, except in cases where symptoms require further hospitalization,” he said in the order.

The order from the Delhi LG comes at a time when the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital has increased at an alarming rate. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the deadly virus has affected nearly 50,000 and claimed the lives of almost 2,000 in Delhi so far.

Meanwhile, more than 21,000 have been cured and discharged from hospitals while the active number of coronavirus cases stands at 26,669.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma