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In what comes as a relief to the people scheduled to travel to the capital in the coming weeks, the Delhi Government has said that asymptomatic persons will not be home quarantined for two weeks. By Manya Saini

 

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The resumption of domestic flights and train services has led to states releasing different guidelines regarding the safety procedures and quarantine guidelines for on-board passengers. The Delhi Government has decided to forego quarantine for persons arriving via air, rail or bus to the capital if they are asymptomatic. The travellers, however, will be required to self-monitor their health for the next two weeks.

This fresh standard operating procedure (SoP) was issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) in the capital. It states that in case a traveller develops a COVID-19 symptom like fever and cough, they will need to inform health officials on the Delhi Disaster Management Authority’s helpline numbers.

Travellers – onboard domestic flights, as well as regular or Shramik trains and buses – who are found to be symptomatic on arrival will be transported in CATS ambulances by the concerned health agencies to assess the severity of the symptoms. Depending on the results of this assessment, the healthcare employees will decide on the further course of action on a case-to-case basis.

 

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As of now, people with severe or life-threatening symptoms will be admitted to the dedicated Coronavirus hospitals, while others with mild symptoms will be allowed to choose either a mandatory home quarantine or being moved to designated COVID-19 care centres.

However, thermal screening and installing the Aarogya Setu app on phones has been made compulsory for all travellers. The DGHS has roped in assistance from the airport management, northern railways and the transport department to ensure the strict implementation of the same.

On Monday, when domestic flight operations resumed in the country after nearly two months, Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport saw 118 arrivals and 124 departures. These numbers are expected to rise in the coming weeks.

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