Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Opposes LG’s Decision Of 5-Day Mandatory Institutional Quarantine For COVID-19 Patients

Kejriwal alleged that compliance of LG Anil Baijal's order will lead to a collapse of the health care system in place in Delhi.

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A day after Lieutenant General Anil Baijal’s said ordered that COVID-19 patients will have to go for five-day compulsory institutional quarantine, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday opposed the decision saying that this will make people evade testing which in turn increase the coronavirus infection.

According to sources, Kejriwal opposed the Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s (LG) decision at the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) meeting today.

The sources added that the Chief Minister said that the national capital is already facing a shortage of healthcare and, therefore, how will it be possible to arrange doctors and nurses for thousands of patients at quarantine centres.

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“When the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is allowing home-isolation for asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic cases across the country why different rules are being implemented in Delhi,” Kejriwal reportedly said.

Kejriwal alleged that compliance of LG Anil Baijal’s order will lead to a collapse of the health care system in place in Delhi.

He also said Railway has provided isolation coaches but given the hot weather, how will someone stay in them.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that there was no consensus on rates of beds at private hospitals & LG’s order of ending home isolation.

Earlier on Friday, the LG issued an order that every coronavirus positive person in Delhi will have to stay in 5-day institutional quarantine.

“Every corona positive person will have to stay in the quarantine centre for 5 days. Only then a person will be sent to home isolation. But if there are symptoms then they will be sent to the quarantine centre or hospital, accordingly,” he said in an order.

“Under the supervision of the District Magistrate, the team of District Surveillance Officers will do physical verification of everyone in home isolation,” it added.

As of Saturday morning, there are 53,116 confirmed coronavirus cases in Delhi. Out of this, 27,152 are active while 23,569 patients have been cured and discharged. The death toll due to the COVID-19 infection stood at 2,035.

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