Corona cases cross 400-mark in Odisha, home quarantine allowed for asymptomatic patients
Bhubaneswar: The number of COVID-19 cases crossed 400-mark in Odisha after 20 more persons tested positive for the deadly virus on Monday. With this, the State tally rose to 414.
Sources said 17 new cases were reported in Ganjam district taking the total count in the district to 154. While one new case was detected in Boudh, two more persons tested positive in Sundargarh.
In Boudh, four persons have tested positive for the virus whereas the COVID-19 cases in Sundargarh district stands at 16.
The number of active cases in the State is 326. While 85 have been cured from the infection, three have died of the disease.
Meanwhile, at a time when there has been a surge in COVID-19 cases, the State Government allowed positive cases with asymptomatic or mild symptoms to stay in home quarantine instead of institutional quarantine. The decision was taken after the Centre issued a guideline on home quarantine recently.
Additional Chief Secretary of Health department, P K Mohapatra, said a patient with mild symptoms or asymptomatic can be discharged after 10 days of developing the symptoms or three days if the person concerned does not suffer from fever.
“The patients with mild or asymptomatic will be allowed for home isolation only if the person concerned has facility for separate toilet and a room at his/her home,” said Mohapatra. If someone fails to meet the conditions, he/she will kept at the institutional quarantine. The patient will be under surveillance of the medical team, he added.
Initially, home isolation will be implemented in urban areas of the State. However, in case of other areas, if any patient requests for home isolation and fulfils the required condition, he/she will be allowed to stay in home quarantine.