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No need for coronavirus patients to queue outside quarantine centres anymore: Manish Sisodia

Home isolation has been highly successful and has resulted in the recovery of around 30,000 Covid-19 patients in Delhi, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said.

File photo of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

File photo of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia (Photo Credits: PTI)

Patients who test positive for the novel coronavirus will not be required to visit COVID Care Centres for a clinical assessment for home isolation or hospitalisation, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said after a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) on Thursday.

Deputy CM Sisodia added that the Centre has decided to withdraw the order that made it compulsory for COVID-positive individuals to visit a COVID Care Centre. Those found positive for the infection will be clinically assessed by medical officers at their respective homes.

Home isolation has been highly successful and has resulted in the recovery of around 30,000 patients in Delhi, Sisodia, who is also handling the Department of Health portfolio said on Thursday.

When a person is tested positive for Covid-19, the Delhi government’s medical team will visit his/her home. This team will check the symptoms and severity of the illness along with conducting physical verification of the lodgings to examine whether it can facilitate home isolation.

If the medical team find severe symptoms or learns that the patient has comorbidities, the patient will be moved to a hospital. In the absence of the provision of home isolation for an asymptomatic patient, the medical team will refer him/her to a quarantine centre.

This was the same response mechanism being followed by the Delhi government’s Health Department until last Saturday when LG Anil Baijal issued an order making it mandatory for any individual who tests positive for Covid-19 to be placed in 5-day institutional quarantine. The order was withdrawn a day later after a disagreement with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet over the policy.

Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia informed reporters that the old system of screening COVID patients at their homes by Delhi government’s medical teams has been resumed with approval from the Central government.

“The medical team will assess the health condition of the patients and the severity of his symptoms. The team will also note if there is an arrangement for home quarantine for the concerned patient. Only after noting that the patient is asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, that the team would approve home isolation for him. And if the patient’s symptoms are serious, then the team would take him to a hospital,” Manish Sisodia said on Thursday.

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