COVID-positive patients will not have to visit COVID Care Centres for clinical assessment: Dy CM Manish Sisodia


  • The Central govt and the Hon’ble LG has scrapped the order of mandatory visit to COVID care centre for all positive patients: Dy CM Manish Sisodia
  • The old system of screening COVID patients at their homes by Delhi Govt’s medical team has been put into force again: Dy CM Manish Sisodia
  • Patients will not need to stand in huge queues outside the Quarantine Centres anymore: Dy CM Manish Sisodia
  • People of Delhi were very worried about the mandatory rule to visit Quarantine Centre: Dy CM Manish Sisodia
  • Home isolation is a great arrangement. Over 30,000 people of Delhi have recovered in Home Isolation. Delhi government is implementing it very successfully: Dy CM Manish Sisodia
  • If the patient has a house with 2 rooms or has access to a separate room with separate washroom, the patient is eligible for home isolation: Dy CM Manish Sisodia

NEW DELHI: COVID-positive persons will not be required to visit COVID Care Centres for a clinical assessment for home isolation or hospitalisation, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Mr Manish Sisodia said after an SDMA meeting on Thursday. He said that it has been decided to withdraw the Centre’s order regarding the requirement of COVID Care Centre visit by COVID-positive persons at the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) meeting. Mr Sisodia said that those found COVID-19 positive would be clinically assessed by medical officers at their homes. The Deputy CM of Delhi who is also handling the additional portfolio of the Health Minister said that the home isolation has been highly successful in Delhi and around 30,000 coronavirus patients had been cured under the system.

The Central govt and the Hon’ble LG have scrapped the order of mandatory visit to COVID care centre for all positive patients: Manish Sisodia

“Today I am bringing some good news for the people of Delhi. As per the earlier system followed in Delhi, when a person is tested positive for Coronavirus then the Delhi Govts’ medical team would visit his home. The medical team would then check his symptoms and their severity, if he had a fever, cough, etc. Thereafter team would also check whether he is fit for home isolation or not. If the medical team found the symptoms severe or learnt that the patient had comorbidities, then they would send him to the hospital. In the absence of the provision/arrangement of home isolation for asymptomatic patients, the medical team would refer him/her to a Quarantine Centre. This was the protocol being followed in Delhi till last Friday. Last Saturday, the Central Govt. and the Hon’ble LG first issued an order mandating 5-day Institutional Quarantine for every person testing positive for COVID. We held discussions with them and requested scrapping of this order. Eventually, they agreed,” he said.

He added that this new rule by the Central Govt. mandating every person testing positive to visit a Quarantine Centre for clinical assessment had been adding to the woes of the troubled people. “we had requested the Central Govt to rethink this decision. Central Govt. has approved our request and decided to roll it back to the older system of medical team visits at patients’ homes,” said Mr Sisodia.

People of Delhi were very worried about the mandatory visit to Quarantine Centre rule: Manish Sisodia

“People were very troubled that if they are found COVID positive then they will have to visit a Quarantine Centre. I also read a few reports in the media about people who had tested positive for COVID 19, and were worried that they would have to go to the Quarantine Centre, even when they were asymptomatic and are fit for home isolation,” said Mr Sisodia.

The old system of screening COVID patients at their homes by Delhi Govt’s medical team has again been put into force again: Manish Sisodia

He informed that the old system of screening COVID patients at their homes by Delhi Govt’s medical team has again been put into force by the approval of the Central Govt. “The medical team will assess the health condition of the patients and the severity of his symptoms. The team will also note if there is an arrangement for home quarantine for the concerned patient. Only after noting that the patient is asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms, that the team would approve home isolation for him. And if the patient’s symptoms are serious, then the team would take him to a hospital,” said the Deputy Chief Minister.

Patients will not need to stand in huge queues outside the Quarantine Centres anymore: Manish Sisodia

He said that so this new rule by Hon’ble LG for mandatory clinical assessment at Quarantine Centre has been scrapped. Now Home isolation can be granted to those who are eligible for it. Patients will not need to stand in huge queues outside the Quarantine Centre now.

Home isolation is a great arrangement and the Delhi government is implementing is very successfully: Manish Sisodia

“Lastly, I would just want to say, home isolation is a great arrangement which is being successfully practised not in Delhi but in the entire world. Around 30,000 patients have been cured under Home Isolation. So, the arrangements like this which facilitate speedy recovery of patients should not be scrapped,” said Mr Sisodia.

If the patient has a house with 2 rooms or has access to a separate room with separate washroom, the patient is eligible for home isolation: Manish Sisodi

The Deputy CM said I will read from the order that was passed in the SDMA meeting today: The patient shall be allowed home isolation, if, as per the assessment of home isolation team sent by district surveillance officer; if the patient is mild or asymptomatic, unless having comorbid conditions, and has a residence of two rooms or a separate room and a separate toilet for the patient, then he will be allowed for home isolation.” He concluded that to summarise this, if you have a house with two rooms or if you have access to a separate room and a separate washroom for your use only, then in the absence of symptoms of COVID, you are allowed to stay at home. To fight and recover from COVID 19, home isolation has proven to be beneficial.