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Uttar Pradesh To Follow Home Isolation Model Like Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal Takes A Bow

To bring down pressure from hospitals in Uttar Pradesh and to cope up with the challenge of people with mild symptoms not getting tested for COVID-19 virus just to avoid hospitalisation, the state government gives a nod to home isolation for asymptomatic patients 

Uttar Pradesh To Follow Home Isolation Model Like Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal Takes A Bow
Highlights
  • Uttar Pradesh has reported more than 51,000 coronavirus cases till date 
  • On Monday, UP Government allowed home isolation for asymptomatic patients
  • Home isolation guidelines are to be declared soon

New Delhi: On Monday, the Uttar Pradesh government finally gave the nod for home isolation strategy for asymptomatic patients of COVID-19. Till now, in Uttar Pradesh, anyone with or without symptoms, who had tested positive for the highly contagious virus was admitted to either an L1 (for asymptomatic cases), L2 (for cases with mild symptoms) or L3 (for critical cases) category hospitals, paid private COVID hospitals or paid isolation facilities in hotels. Now, the government has issued directions to allow home isolation of patients who show no symptoms for the disease.

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Awanish Awasthi, UP’s Additional Chief Secretary stated that chief minister Yogi Adityanath has issued the directions for which guidelines are being formed and will be announced soon. He said,

Those who will now be allowed for home isolation should ensure they comply strictly with all the guidelines to ensure that their family members, as well as others, do not get infected. Moreover, asymptomatic patients who have HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), cancer or have had an organ transplant will be exempted from home isolation and have to mandatorily be admitted to hospitals if they test positive for COVID-19.

Also Read: COVID-19: 31.6 Lakh People In Quarantine Across India, Uttar Pradesh Has The Highest Number

This move by the government aims to reduce pressure on hospitals as the coronavirus cases number in the state is at 51,610, as of July 21.
Talking about why this move has been taken now, Mr Awasthi added,

During the review meeting on the COVID situation in the state is was observed that many people with mild symptoms were not getting tested just to avoid hospitalisation. So, to overcome this challenge, the government decided to follow home isolation guidelines, even though we have sufficient numbers of beds in all the L-1, L-2, and L-3 COVID hospitals.

According to the government, the state has over 1.5 lakh beds in 403 L-1 hospitals, 75 L-2 (oxygen supply facility) hospitals, and 25 L-3 (ventilators) hospitals.

Speaking to the news agency PTI, State Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh said that home isolation would reduce pressure on hospitals as 85 per cent patients are asymptomatic. He added,

Home isolation will only be for asymptomatic patients. If anyone has a flu or fever, he will be kept in a hospital.

Reacting to the news from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal lauded the decision of the government to allow home isolation for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients and tweeted,

I am glad that all governments are recognising the importance of home isolation. For Delhi, home isolation along with aggressive testing has been the most important strategies in the fight against COVID-19.

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NDTV also spoke to residents and authority members of sector 37, Noida about the new home isolation rule. Welcoming the move by the government, Chairman, Arun Vihar Residents Welfare Association, Col Shashi Vaid said,

It is a much-needed move by the government. In the recent past, we have realised that patients do hesitate to get checked for COVID-19 thinking they will have to leave everything behind and move to some or the other hospitals. With home isolation guideline in place, we hope to contain the spread of the virus. But with this government will also need to ramp up its testing facilities. In the recent past, Arun Vihar had become one of the urban clusters with more than 15 active cases in sector 28, 29 and 37. Even with such a situation, till now, no contact tracing has been done by the authorities. They need to start doing random testing to curb the spread of the virus.

59-year-old and a resident of Sector 37, Noida, Virendra Sharma reiterating the point about testing for coronavirus said,

We need to be sure on how it will be implemented – what will be the guidelines and how home isolation will work out only then one can say if it is a positive move or not. Surely, there is a relief that now COVID-19 patients will not have to leave their house and families to get treated but on the other hand, the most important question remains how the government will keep a check on home isolated patient’s health.

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World

24,20,23,922Cases
20,36,06,535Active
3,34,95,808Recovered
49,21,579Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,20,23,922 and 49,21,579 have died; 20,36,06,535 are active cases and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 4:33 am.

India

3,41,27,450 18,454Cases
1,78,831 733Active
3,34,95,808 17,561Recovered
4,52,811 160Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,27,450 confirmed cases including 4,52,811 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,831 and 3,34,95,808 have recovered as on October 21, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,96,645 1,825

29,333 1,075

64,27,426 2,879

1,39,886 21

Kerala

48,79,790 11,150

83,333 2,476

47,69,373 8,592

27,084 82

Karnataka

29,84,484 462

9,103 26

29,37,405 479

37,976 9

Tamil Nadu

26,90,633 1,170

14,058 268

26,40,627 1,418

35,948 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,810 523

5,566 88

20,41,924 608

14,320 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,058 11

112 6

16,87,048 17

22,898

West Bengal

15,82,813 867

7,491 63

15,56,315 795

19,007 9

Delhi

14,39,466 25

310 12

14,14,066 37

25,090

Odisha

10,36,532 559

4,387 106

10,23,849 451

8,296 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,735 34

185 3

9,91,979 36

13,571 1

Rajasthan

9,54,393 1

38 0

9,45,401 1

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,340 14

176 9

8,16,077 22

10,087 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,709 9

82 3

7,82,104 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,116 15

133 7

7,60,934 8

10,049

Bihar

7,26,036 3

30 12

7,16,345 15

9,661

Telangana

6,69,556 191

3,968 28

6,61,646 162

3,942 1

Assam

6,07,427 308

3,610 25

5,97,859 282

5,958 1

Punjab

6,02,113 32

232 16

5,85,331 15

16,550 1

Jharkhand

3,48,486 25

142 14

3,43,209 11

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,773 8

176 1

3,36,199 6

7,398 1

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,299 78

800 3

3,26,070 80

4,429 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,936 110

1,394 46

2,16,815 64

3,727

Goa

1,77,706 47

597 23

1,73,755 70

3,354

Puducherry

1,27,521 42

461 29

1,25,208 71

1,852

Manipur

1,22,970 71

1,360 2

1,19,706 66

1,904 3

Mizoram

1,15,207 741

10,263 505

1,04,548 1,243

396 3

Tripura

84,351 2

95 7

83,440 9

816

Meghalaya

83,158 79

761 21

80,958 58

1,439

Chandigarh

65,312 2

24 1

64,468 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,043 12

138 7

54,625 19

280

Sikkim

31,800 17

175 6

31,232 22

393 1

Nagaland

31,659 18

255 8

30,728 10

676

Ladakh

20,886 3

34 0

20,644 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

2 2

10,670 2

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 1

7,510 1

129

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