Delhi LG withdraws 'mandatory 5-day institutional quarantine' order after backlash from AAP govt
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: After a huge controversary and strong protest by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government, LG Anil Baijal on Saturday withdrawn his yesterday's order making 5-day institutional quarantine mandatory for all asymptomatic patients in Delhi, news agency ANI reported.
Revising his previous order Delhi LG Anil Baijal tweeted thi evening and said that only those positive coronavirus cases who don't have adequate facilities for home isolation and do not require hospitalisation on clinical assessment would be be required to undergo institutional quarantine.
"Only those #COVID positive cases which do not require hospitalisation on clinical assessment & do not have adequate facilities for home isolation would be required to undergo institutional isolation", LG tweeted.
Regarding institutional isolation, only those COVID positive cases which do not require hospitalisation on clinical assessment & do not have adequate facilities for home isolation would be required to undergo institutional isolation.
— LG Delhi (@LtGovDelhi) June 20, 2020
Earlier in the day, opposing the LG's orders, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that there is already a shortage of healthcare staff, and facilities in the capital and asked that 'how will it be possible to arrange doctors and nurses for thousands of patients at quarantine centres'.
Kejriwal also said that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given the permission for home isolation across the country, then why Delhi LG wants to implement different rules in the capital.
"When Indian Council of Medical Research gives the permission of isolation at homes for asymptomatic patients across the country, why should there be separate guidelines for Delhi? Most coronavirus patients are asymptomatic... how will we make arrangements for isolating them?", Kejriwal said as reported by ANI.
The Chief Minister said "if home isolation ends in Delhi there will be chaos. Currently, there are more than 10,000 people under home isolation and there are only 6,000 beds at quarantine centres, where will we accommodate all the people?"
Earlier on Friday, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had 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 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
Posted By: Talib Khan