Period For Home Isolation Reduced From 14 To 7 Days | Check Out Why?
The period of home isolation/quarantine has been reduced from 14 to 7 days as per the Ministry of Health. The decision comes coupled with certain conditions. One can end home isolation after a minimum of 7 days if there is no fever for three consecutive days. Re-tests are not required. However, the patient must continue to mask up.
Delmicron i.e. Delta+Omicron has once again caused a surge in the COVID cases in the country. Mumbai and Delhi have again emerged as the worst affected. India witnessed a surge of 58,097 cases in the last 24 hours with 2135 cases of the Omicron variant. Mumbai’s Mayor even hinted at a possible lockdown if a daily count of cases crosses 20,000.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on December 25th. He announced a precautionary dose for frontline workers, the elderly (people above 60), and those with comorbidities starting from January 2022. Tata MD and ICMR have together developed an RT-PCR test kit to detect Omicron in patients. The Centre has launched fresh COVID guidelines.
Health Ministry Declares States Of Concern
Earlier today the Health Ministry rolled out a list of states of concern. These included Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Gujarat. These states have seen a sharp spike in cases. According to a recent report, the precautionary dose announced by the PM is a third dose of the pre-existing vaccines. The precautionary dose will hence be the same as the first and second vaccine doses. Officials ruled out mix and match of vaccines.
Amidst the recent spike in cases across the country, various states have rolled out new guidelines such as night curfew and weekend lockdowns. A new virus, predicted to be more transmissible than Omicron, was found in France. The virus is called IHU and has raised concerns globally.