New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday decided to allow home quarantine facility for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. The decision comes in wake of the increasing demand to allow asymptomatic cases or patients with very mild symptoms to remain in home quarantine. The issue was recently taken up by the Allahabad High Court.

For home isolation of a asymptomatic COVID-19 patient, the house needs to have ample space for isolation, with at least two toilets and a separate room. It is mandatory for an attendant to be present for the patient’s care and he or she has to update the health status regularly on the state government’s app. 

Those in home isolation must have a COVID essential kit, comprising a pulse oximeter, a thermometer, masks, gloves, sodium hypochlorite solution and immunity boosters. 

The home isolation period will be over in 10 days unless the patient develops symptoms of coronavirus. After that too, the patient will have to stay at home and monitor his health for a week. 

Stressing that a large number of asymptomatic coronavirus patients are still hiding their infection, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday asked officials to allow home quarantine only if all protocols related to the disease are followed.

At a meeting with senior officials, the chief minister directed that home quarantine permission should be given only on compliance of the already set protocol for it, an official release said.

Fearing that there may be a spurt in cases as a large number of asymptomatic people are hiding their infection, the CM said it will be essential that the patient and his family complies with the protocol.

Besides, he said people should be apprised of the necessary precautions for which an awareness campaign should also be launched with the help of the print, electronic and social media.

He said the use of masks and social distancing norms should be strictly followed.

Stressing that better immunity was important for checking the infection, he said people should be made aware of it and encouraged to download Arogya Setu Ayush Kavach COVID app.

Lauding the door-to -door survey and medical screening being conducted in the state, he said it was helping in identifying the infected people and stressed on rapid antigen tests of all suspected persons.

He asked for holding meeting with the IMA and nurses’ association office-bearers at the district level for further strengthening the medical facilities.

The chief minister asked the health and medical education department to take effective steps for bringing the death rate to the lowest levels, the release said.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta