- Centre revises home isolation rules
- Isolation has been cut to 7 days from 10 days
- Also, there is no need for re-testing after the home isolation period is over
The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday issued revised guidelines for home isolation of mild/asymptomatic Covid-19 patients.
According to new guidelines, patients under home isolation will stand discharged and end isolation after at least 7 days have passed from testing positive and no fever for 3 successive days. There is no need for re-testing after the home isolation period is over, it added.
According to the guidelines, the patient should be clinically assigned as mild/ asymptomatic case by the treating Medical Officer. Further a designated control room contact number at the district /sub district level shall be provided to the family to get suitable guidance for undertaking testing, clinical management related guidance, assignment of a hospital bed, if warranted.
"Such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and for quarantining the family contacts. A caregiver (ideally someone who has completed his COVID-19 vaccination schedule) should be available to provide care on 24 x7 basis."
"Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease, Chronic lung/liver/ kidney disease, Cerebrovascular disease etc shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer."
The third wave of COVID-19 pandemic has hit Delhi and the city is expected to record 10,000 new cases on Wednesday with a positivity rate of 10 per cent, city Health Minister Satyendar Jain said. The minister also said only 300-400 samples are being sent for genome sequencing now as sequencing of all samples is not possible.