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Centre issues new home isolation guidelines as Covid cases surge

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Guwahati: Union Health Ministry on Wednesday (January 5) issued revised guidelines for home isolation of mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients as Omicron cases surge across India.

“Patients under home isolation will stand discharged and end isolation after at least seven days have passed from testing positive and no fever for three successive days. There is no need for re-testing after the home isolation period is over,” the health ministry said.

As per the guidelines, the patient should be clinically assigned as mild/ asymptomatic case by the treating Medical Officer.

Further a designated control room contact number at the district /sub district level shall be provided to the family to get suitable guidance for undertaking testing, clinical management related guidance, assignment of a hospital bed, if warranted.

“Such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and for quarantining the family contacts. A caregiver (ideally someone who has completed his COVID-19 vaccination schedule) should be available to provide care on 24 x7 basis,” the health ministry said.

“Elderly patients aged more than 60 years and those with co-morbid conditions such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart disease, Chronic lung/liver/ kidney disease, Cerebrovascular disease etc shall only be allowed home isolation after proper evaluation by the treating medical officer,” it added.

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