Con­fu­sion per­sists on home iso­la­tion rules in Cap­i­tal

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Risha Chit­langia & Ab­hishek Dey let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: A day af­ter the Delhi Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (DDMA), headed by Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Anil Bai­jal, scrapped its or­der man­dat­ing five days of in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine even for those with mild Covid-19 symp­toms, but said that ev­ery per­son who tests pos­i­tive be taken to Covid Care Cen­tres (CCC) for an as­sess­ment of their clin­i­cal con­di­tions, some district ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials in the city are call­ing the move im­prac­ti­cal on the grounds that it would in­crease the risk of the in­fec­tion.

Mean­while, with no new stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure (SOP) is­sued yet, there was con­fu­sion on how to deal with new cases on Sun­day, and some other district of­fi­cials said they con­tin­ued with the pre­vi­ous pro­to­col — send­ing health of­fi­cials to the pa­tient’s res­i­dence for a clin­i­cal di­ag­no­sis

The or­der on Satur­day night, is­sued by prin­ci­pal health sec­re­tary Vikram Dev Dutt, said “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 co­mor­bidi­ties”.

To be el­i­gi­ble for home iso­la­tion, a pa­tient’s house needs to have a sep­a­rate room with an at­tached bath­room, and space for iso­la­tion for a ded­i­cated care­giver and other fam­ily mem­bers.

As of Sun­day evening, 12,106 Covid-19 pa­tients in the city are un­der home iso­la­tion.

But, se­nior of­fi­cials in the gov­ern­ment said that an­other prob­lem had emerged be­cause of a Fri­day or­der that co­in­cided with the one in which five days’ in­sti­tu­tional quar­an­tine was made manda­tory for all pa­tients — the scrap­ping of the con­tract of the com­pany that was han­dling the con­tact and man­age­ment of all home quar­an­tine pa­tients.

An anal­y­sis of gov­ern­ment data re­vealed that since Fri­day, 9,767 new Covid-19 cases have been added in the Cap­i­tal.

Of th­ese, about 1,600 were ad­mit­ted in hos­pi­tals, Covid Health Cen­tres and Covid Care Cen­tres.

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