In view of the new strain of coronavirus in the United Kingdom, the Delhi government on Thursday extended guidelines for passengers coming from the UK to the national capital.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in its order had prescribed mandatory seven days institutional quarantine even for those UK passengers testing negative for coronavirus.
“To contain the increased transmissibility of new variant, it has been decided that aforesaid DDMA (District Disaster Management Authority) order dated January 8 may be further extended till January 31,” Vijay Kumar Dev Chief Secretary of Delhi said in a letter.
According to the Standard operating procedure (SOP), all incoming passengers have to get themselves tested through the RT-PCR (Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) method on arrival at the airport. The cost of the test will also be borne by the passengers, the letter reads.
Passengers who will be found positive will be kept in a separate institutional isolation facility.
A total of 17 Delhi residents have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain first detected in the UK till Saturday.
Further, strict surveillance will be kept on the persons who are in home quarantine after completion of mandatory institutional quarantine, it had directed.
The guidelines, which were valid till January 14, have now been extended till January 31.
-Davinder Singh, NMTV News