Delhi LG rolls back five day mandatory institutional quarantine order

According to the Union Health Ministry, Delhi has a total of 53,116 COVID-19 cases

Delhi LG
Lt Governor Anil Baijal ordered a five-day institutional quarantine for all asymptomatic COVID-19 patients or those with mild symptoms in place of home isolation. (PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist)

Only those COVID positive patients who don’t require hospitalisation on clinical assessment and don’t have adequate facilities for home isolation will need to undergo institutional isolation, Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal said on Saturday (June 20).

His statement came following protests by the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government against his order mandating five-day quarantine for all COVID-19 patients.

The order had been opposed by the chief minister and his deputy Manish Sisodia at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Saturday.

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Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister had earlier in the day said that the order is against the guidelines of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), which has permitted home isolation for asymptomatic and mild symptom COVID-19 patients, and will create “chaos” in Delhi, reported NDTV.

“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,” the LG said on Twitter after the meeting.

In another tweet, he said the DDMA approved recommendations of the high-level expert committee for fixing subsidised rates for COVID-19 treatment in Delhi’s private hospitals.

According to the Union Health Ministry, Delhi has a total of 53,116 COVID-19 cases. More than 10,000 people with active infections were reported to be under home isolation.

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Opposing the Lieutenant Governor’s decision, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh had said the centre is resorting to “dictatorship”.

“It wants to send those who can recover within the confines of their home to rail coaches where the temperature is 47 degrees celsius,” Singh tweeted.

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