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Kejriwal and L-G on Collision Course Again as Delhi Govt Opposes Order to Make Institutional Quarantine Must

In this April 30, 2020 file photo, health workers talk to attendants of a patient at a hospital meant for treating Covid-19 patients in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

In this April 30, 2020 file photo, health workers talk to attendants of a patient at a hospital meant for treating Covid-19 patients in New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the order making five-day institutional quarantine mandatory even for asymptomatic Covid-19 patients will burden the already stretch healthcare infrastructure.

  • News18.com New Delhi
  • Last Updated: June 20, 2020, 2:35 PM IST
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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday opposed Lt Governor Anil Baijal's order for a five-day institutional quarantine for Covid-19 patients, saying why separate rule was employed in case of Delhi, news agency PTI quoted sources as saying.

At a DDMA meeting, Kejriwal said the ICMR has permitted home isolation for asymptomatic and mild symptom Covid-19 patients in the whole country, then why a separate rule was employed in case of Delhi.


"Most coronavirus patients are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, how will arrangements be made for them? The coaches provided by the Railways for isolation are hot inside where patients cannot stay," Kejriwal was quoted as saying at the meeting.

In a series of tweets, his deputy Manish Sisodia said no consensus could be reached in the meeting over L-G’s order and the rate of private hospital beds. The meeting will again take place at 5 pm, he said.

"Delhi government opposed L-G's order on scrapping home isolation and no decision was taken on it. The matter will be discussed again in the evening," Sisodia tweeted in Hindi.

He also said the Centre has recommended reducing the rate of 25 per cent private hospital beds while the Delhi government is adamant on reducing rates of 60 per cent beds.

Minutes before the meeting was to begin, Sisodia had said the Delhi government will oppose the L-G order on home isolation. He said the order is against the guidelines of ICMR and will create "chaos" in Delhi.

"Today Delhi State Disaster Management Authority meeting is at 12 noon. We will oppose LG's order to scrap home isolation, and demand changing it. This order to terminate home isolation is against ICMR guidelines and it will create chaos in Delhi," Sisodia said in a tweet.

The LG is the chairman of the DDMA.

On Friday, he ordered a five-day institutional quarantine for all asymptomatic COVID-19 patients or those with mild symptoms in place of home isolation. He also ordered that after the five-day institutional quarantine asymptomatic patients will be sent for home isolation.

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