Delhi govt revises order on home isolation, allows COVID care centers to decide if patients can be home isolated
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A day after Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal withdrawn his mandatory 5-day institutional quarantine for all COVID-19 patients in Delhi order, the AAP government in the capital today issued a revised order stating that the novel coronavirus patients who do not have comorbidities or require hospitalisation could opt for home isolation.
Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will now be referred to COVID-19 care centres first, according to the revised order, to assess the severity of illness.
"All individuals who are positive will be referred to the COVID care centres for assessment of clinical conditions, the severity of illness and presence of co-morbidities," it said in an order.
An assessment will also be done to check whether adequate facilities like minimum two rooms and a separate toilet exist so that the family members and neighbours are protected and a cluster of cases does not develop in that locality, according to the order.
"If the adequate facility for home isolation exists, and the person on clinical assessment is found to have no comorbidities and does not require hospitalisation, he would be offered to either continue to stay in COVID centre/paid isolation facility (hotels etc) or can opt for home isolation," the order said.
The order said the patients in home isolation should follow home isolation guidelines laid down by the Health Ministry and should stay in touch with healthcare providers so that if their condition deteriorates, they can be moved to the COVID hospitals.
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.
“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 an increase in the 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.
However, the AAP government had contended that the mandatory institutional quarantine rule would be seriously harmful as the facilities would not be able to take the burden of the rising number of coronavirus cases.
(With PTI Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan