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Centre Issues Guidelines For Home Quarantining Very Mild/pre-symptomatic COVID-19 Cases

Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), on Monday, issued clear guidelines for home isolation for very mild/pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases


After West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's 'home-quarantine COVID patients' remark, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), on Monday, issued clear guidelines for home isolation for very mild/pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases. It stated that while currently all suspect and confirmed cases are being isolated in three types of COVID-19 hospitals, very mild/pre-symptomatic cases will have the option of being home-quarantined if they have a requisite facility. The department also defined the eligibility for home-isolation with several pre-requisites. Currently, there are 28380 cases in India and 886 deaths.

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Earlier in the day, the Bengal health department clarified that only primary and secondary contacts of COVID positive cases may be home-quarantined. The department added that even in home-quarantine, the person will be under close scrutiny by local authorities. It clarified that this does not apply to COVID positive cases who will be mandatorily brought to designated COVID-19 hospital.

Previously, Banerjee announced that her government will allow Coronavirus (COVID-19) positive patients to home-quarantine themselves if they wish to do so. She added that the government cannot quarantine lakhs and lakhs of people. Bengal currently has 649 cases with 20 deaths.

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ICMR guidelines for quarantine

As per ICMR guidelines, home-quarantine is the preferred and initial step when individuals are suspect or contact of COVID-19 patients. However, ICMR has maintained that after 14-day home quarantine, once patient tests positive using RT-PCR swab, as per protocol - isolation, treatment and contact tracing must be initiated. Moreover, ICMR has stated that if a patient's symptoms worsen, he must be referred to designated COVID-19 hospitals. But if an individual tests positive for anti-body test, treatment in hospital or isolation as per protocol, must be followed - advises ICMR.

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Bengal and Centre's tussle

Currently, Bengal has been embroiled in a tussle with the Centre over the inter-ministerial central teams' visit, testing kits, PPEs, and the number of COVID deaths. The two Central teams which visited Bengal have reported several social distancing violations and non-cooperation from the state's side. Bengal government which has COVID-19 death audit panel has stated that while the audit committee has so far examined 57 deaths - only 18 are directly related to COVID-19, attributing remaining 39 deaths to severe co-morbid conditions - leading to huge controversy.

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