NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 patients who have spent 10 days in isolation need not be retested before being discharged. They can be allowed to go home and isolate themselves for seven more days — until their health completely stabilises, said Delhi government in its new advisory on discharge policy for Covid-19 patients.
The decision comes after multiple complaints from the families of the patients about being forced to wait for discharge due to delays in testing.
A state health department official said the order was based on an advisory issued by the Union health ministry on revised discharged policy. “It is applicable to all the hospitals — public or private,” he added.
The revised policy stated that the patients with mild symptoms could be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for three days. There will be no need for testing prior to discharge, the government said.
The moderate cases can be admitted to Covid-19 health centres, which have oxygen support facility. Patients on oxygenation, whose fever do not resolve within three days and demand for oxygen therapy continues, will be discharged only after resolution of the clinical symptoms, the new policy stated.
Earlier, many patients were kept in isolation at the Covid-19 facilities for up to two weeks and tests were conducted to confirm whether they could still transmit the virus or not.
“The available evidence do not indicate any increase in the risk of transmission from patients discharged based on the revised criteria. The new plan also specifies that such patients will follow home isolation for a further seven days,” the health ministry has said.
Delhi so far has conducted 2.71 lakh Covid-19 tests. The total number of cases in the capital has reached 36, 824, while the total confirmed fatalities stand at 1,214. According to the latest data, the number of active Covid-19 patients is over 22,000 in the capital.