Cap­i­tal: Or­der on in­sti­tu­tional iso­la­tion scrapped

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - FRONT PAGE - Sweta Goswami letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity (DDMA) on Saturday rolled back its con­tro­ver­sial or­der to manda­to­rily quar­an­tine even asymp­to­matic and mild coro­n­avirus disease (Covid-19) cases at in­sti­tu­tional fa­cil­i­ties for five days, in a move that was wel­comed by the Delhi gov­ern­ment and ex­perts, who said the di­rec­tive would have over­whelmed the Cap­i­tal’s health care in­fra­struc­ture.

Delhi lieu­tenant gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal, who heads DDMA, is­sued the or­der.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Author­ity (DDMA) on Saturday rolled back its con­tro­ver­sial or­der to manda­to­rily quar­an­tine even asymp­to­matic and mild coro­n­avirus disease (Covid-19) cases at in­sti­tu­tional fa­cil­i­ties for five days, in a move that was wel­comed by the Delhi gov­ern­ment and ex­perts, who said the di­rec­tive would have over­whelmed the Cap­i­tal’s health care in­fra­struc­ture.

Delhi lieu­tenant gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal, who heads DDMA, is­sued the or­der on Saturday, with ex­perts say­ing that thou­sands of ad­di­tional pa­tients at hos­pi­tals would strain the Cap­i­tal’s health in­fra­struc­ture, re­sult in a short­age of health care work­ers, mil­i­tate against peo­ple get­ting tested, and throw Delhi’s long-term strat­egy out of gear.

“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,” Bai­jal tweeted on Saturday, about 24 hours af­ter or­der­ing the change in the guidelines. The LG, how­ever, said that all Covid-19 pa­tients will have to be re­ferred to Covid Care Cen­tres (CCCs) for as­sess­ment of their clin­i­cal con­di­tions, sever­ity of ill­ness and pres­ence of co-mor­bidi­ties.

In an­other tweet, he said DDMA ap­proved the rec­om­men­da­tions of a high-level ex­pert com­mit­tee for fix­ing sub­sidised rates for Covid-19 treat­ment at pri­vate hos­pi­tals of Delhi. Delhi deputy chief min­is­ter Man­ish Siso­dia said 100% Covid-19 beds in pri­vate hos­pi­tals will be sub­sidised up to an up­per limit of 60% of the to­tal hos­pi­tal ca­pac­ity.

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