Asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients are to be home isolated for 7 days, rather than hospitalisation
After witnessing a record-high covid surge on Friday with 20,971 cases, Mumbai witnessed slight relief in these numbers on Saturday, with 20,318 cases. Consequently, the BMC has issued a circular defining new home isolation guidelines for all asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients. Such individuals will now be under home quarantine for 7 days, instead of hospitalisation.
New home isolation norms in Mumbai
In a bid to ensure rapid COVID-19 recovery in Mumbai, with minimal medical resource expenditure, the BMC has ordained 7-day home isolation for patients with either no or mild symptoms. In addition to this, no private hospital in Mumbai is admitting patients who are COVID asymptomatic. This decision leaves more hospital beds for those in need of critical care, aligning the infrastructure in a systematic manner. Check new norms here:
- The formal home isolation period has been reduced from 10 to 7 days.
- Those opting for home isolation will need a fully vaccinated, 24x7. They will act as a link between the patients and the medical officer.
- Those who do not have the facility to isolate at home can do so at BMC's isolation facility.
- Only those with severe symptoms will be hospitalised. Those with comorbidities will be admitted on a case-to-case basis.
COVID cases in Dharavi rise to an all-time high
Meanwhile, Dharavi in Mumbai reported the largest share of fresh COVID cases on Friday, sparking health alarms here. The region added around 150 new infections on January 7, the highest tally since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020. Notably, the slum pocket had started registering cases in three figures on Thursday, with caseload rising by 107.
The latest records suggest that the Dharavi has logged-in 7,776 cases in th past 22 months. At one point, Dharavi was the largest active containment zone in Mumbai. As yet, there are around 588 active cases in the slum. The infection growth rate in Mumbai has shot by 0.99% from December 30, 2021 and January 5, 2022 with cases rising every 70 days here. In the last 24 hours, the active tally has scaled to 79,260 from 61,923 here.