In a positive turn of events, the Delhi government reduces the mandatory home quarantine period by half, for asymptomatic patients returning to the capital. Here is what we know about the latest development. By Amitha Ameen
Following in the footsteps of the Karnataka government, the Delhi government on Wednesday announced that they are reducing the mandatory 14-day home quarantine to just seven days for asymptomatic passengers, and has also instructed all authorities to ensure proper implementation of the same.
The recently released order by Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) read, “All asymptomatic passengers who enter/deboard in NCT of Delhi shall home quarantine themselves for 7 days.” Vijay Dev Chief Secretary, DDMA also added that airport, railway, and other transport authorities will provide the necessary passenger manifestos to the office of the principal secretary of the revenue department on a daily basis.
The manifestos will then be forwarded to the concerned district magistrates who will ensure that the passengers residing in their jurisdiction adhere to and follow home quarantine protocols for seven days.
While Karnataka and Delhi have reduced their quarantine periods, the state of Uttarakhand has increased its quarantine period from 14 to 21 days for passengers returning from the country’s highest Corona-positive case cities including Delhi, Chennai, Lucknow, and Hyderabad. According to official reports, passengers wishing to return to Uttarakhand will first be quarantined at an institutional facility followed by home quarantine.
India recently crossed the 2 lakh mark and currently has 2.17 lakh and counting confirmed cases. While recovery rates stand at just a little over one lakh, more than 6000 deaths have so far been reported.