Anil Baijal said only COVID-19 patients who do not have adequate facilities for home isolation would be required to undergo institutional isolation
NEW DELHI| On Saturday, Delhi Lieutenant General Anil Baijal rollback of compulsory five-day institutional quarantine for the COVID-19 patients. After Much resistance from the AAP government, Lieutenant General Anil Baijal took this decision. He said, only COVID-19 patients who do not have adequate facilities for home isolation would be required to undergo institutional isolation.
Baijal said that Delhi Disaster Management Authority approved recommendations of High-Level Expert Committee set up by Home mInister for fixing subsidised rates for COVID-19 treatment in a private hospital in Delhi.
Baijal tweeted, “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.”
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
On Saturday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia estimated that if home isolation is stopped and everybody is sent to quarantine centres then by June 30 there will be a requirement for one lakh beds in the national capital.
Talking to ANI on Saturday MoS Home G Kishan Reddy said, “Delhi LG might have ordered institutional quarantine for the benefit of those who do not have space in their homes. But I think that he will issue another info by today evening for people who can create an isolated separate room in their homes.”
Citing her own example, AAP leader Atishi said that she is recovering from the infection while living in her house and the implementation of this decision would lead to people refraining from getting themselves tested for coronavirus. This is unnecessarily increasing the stress on healthcare workers and facilities.
The AAP MLA said, “Centre’s decision of stopping home isolation and making 5-day institutional quarantine compulsory for COVID-19 patients in Delhi is wrong. I am a corona patient and recovering at home with my family. I have full confidence that due to this 5-day institutional quarantine, many people will now refrain from getting tested as they would believe they would be sent to railway coaches.”
She further added, “They will then go on spreading corona at their offices, homes, in markets. This decision will lead to a spread of the disease.”
Speaking about the increased stress on healthcare workers, she added, “Delhi or any other city or state has a limited number of healthcare workers. We need to ensure that they take care of serious and severe patients in hospitals and ICUs rather than focusing on mild and asymptomatic patients who can recover at their home.”
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