Delhi government extends COVID-19 guidelines for UK returnees
(Sourced from PTI)
The Delhi government has extended its earlier order till January 31 asking people coming from the United Kingdom to undergo institutional quarantine in the wake of the new variant of coronavirus. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in its order had prescribed mandatory seven days institutional quarantine even for those UK passengers testing negative for coronavirus.
An order issued by Vijay Dev, Chief Secretary and Chairperson of Executive Committee of DDMA on Tuesday had informed that the January 8 order will be extended up to January 31. "The January 8 DDMA order was issued on a trial basis for a period of one week ending on January 14. It stands extended up to January 31," the latest DDMA order said.
The previous order by DDMA had issued a direction that all travelers coming from the UK to India would be mandatorily subjected to self-paid RT-PCR tests on arrival at the airport. Those who are found positive will be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit as per the existing laid down protocol.
The previous order said, "Those who are found negative will be kept in compulsory institutional quarantine for seven days followed by seven days of home quarantine. Strict surveillance will be kept on the persons who are in home quarantine after the completion of mandatory institutional quarantine." A total of 17 Delhi residents had tested positive for the new coronavirus strain till Saturday.