Covid Omicron surge: Centre issues new home isolation guidelines, See details

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday issued revised guidelines for home isolation of mild and asymptomatic as the country has been reporting a continuous rise in Covid-19 cases including Omicron variant.

In a massive surge, India on Wednesday reported 58,097 new coronavirus cases, the highest since June last year, and 534 fatalities over the past 24 hours, Union Health Ministry data showed.

Reportedly, the patients under home isolation will stand discharged and end isolation after at least 7 days have passed from testing positive and no fever for 3 successive days. There is no need for re-testing after the home isolation period is over, said Union Health Ministry.

It has been seen globally as well as in India that majority of cases of COVID-19 are either asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms.

The asymptomatic cases are laboratory-confirmed cases who are not experiencing any symptoms and have oxygen saturation at room air of more than 93%. Clinically assigned mild cases are patients with upper respiratory tract symptoms with or without fever, without shortness of breath, and having oxygen saturation at room air of more than 93%.

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

It is to be noted that while a patient is allowed home isolation, all other members in the family including other contacts shall follow the home quarantine guidelines mentioned on the official website.

Click here to read the revised guidelines:

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