UP Government allows home isolation of asymptomatic covid patients, guidelines released
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With the increase in the number of coronavirus cases, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday decided to allow home isolation of the asymptomatic patients. The decision was taken by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a review meeting of coronavirus pandemic with Team-11. In last 24 hours state capital witnessed a spike of approx. 400 new cases.
However, the state government has allowed home isolation with conditions and has set a protocol. Under the rule, it will be mandatory for the patient and his family to follow the protocol of home isolation.
The Chief Minister said that those with mild symptoms would be placed in home isolation. So far, most of the coronavirus infected persons in Uttar Pradesh are showing mild symptoms. Along with this, home isolation has also been allowed to the suspects and those without symptoms.
Meanwhile, those with mild symptoms of COVID-19 can now spend their isolation period in hotels across Uttar Pradesh.
The Yogi Adityanath government has decided not to allow home isolation for any COVID-19 positive patient in an attempt to break the chain of infection since cases are touching a new high with each passing day.
The scheme, initially announced for Lucknow and Ghaziabad, has now been extended to all 75 districts of the state.
A senior health department official said,
“This will take the load off the hospitals that need beds for serious cases and will also give an option to those who do not want to stay in government facilities.”
The government has asked the chief medical officers (CMOs) of all the districts to tie up with hotels.
The cost has also been fixed. For a single room, the charges will be Rs 1,500 per day. Room with a double occupancy facility will cost Rs 2,000 a day.
Apart from the room rent, a one-time amount of Rs 2,000 for the medical facilities will also be charged by the health department.
In the order, a senior Uttar Pradesh government official admitted that people were deliberately hiding their symptoms to escape government Covid-19 centres.
“The home isolation facility for Covid-19 positive patients is not allowed in the state. It has come to the notice of the government that many people are trying to hide the disease to avoid getting admitted to Covid-19 care centres for the lack of appropriate facilities. In view of this, a Level one facility is being introduced in Uttar Pradesh for those who are ready to pay for better facilities and have no or mild symptoms,” said the order issued by Amit Mohan Prasad, additional chief secretary (health).
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