The Govt. of Delhi on Thursday extends the mandatory “14-day quarantine” order on all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom till 31st January 2021.
The decision comes after when the state found 7 more cases of new coronavirus strain in the last 24 hours. So far a total of 109 cases of the UK strain have been found in India.
“Travellers from UK testing COVID-19 negative on arrival to be put up in quarantine for 7 days, followed by 7-day home isolation,” said Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Mandatory Quarantine For UK Passengers
Delhi government on 08th January issued an order and announced that passengers coming from the UK will have to spend a week at institutional quarantine centers, even if they test negative after arrival.
To protect Delhiites from exposure to virus from UK, Del govt takes imp decisions.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) January 8, 2021
All those arriving from UK, who test positive will be isolated in an isolation facility. Negative ones will be taken to a quarantine facility for 7 days followed by 7 days home quarantine pic.twitter.com/hYDsaOn8q1
As per the order of Delhi government,
- Those who are found positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in a separate (isolation) unit as per the existing laid down protocol.
- Those who are found negative shall be kept in compulsory institutional quarantine for a period of 7 days followed by 7 days of home quarantine.
- Strict surveillance to be kept on persons who are kept in home quarantine after completion of mandatory institutional quarantine.
The Central government had imposed a ban on flights coming to India from the UK from December 22 last year after the new strain of COVID-19 was detected in the UK.
India – UK Flight Resumption
India on January 1st announced that flights between India and UK will from 08th January 2021. Till 23rd January only 30 flights per week will be allowed to operate, compared to over 60 flights at normal times.
Moreover, the govt also issued a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for passengers who arriving from the UK.
Kind attention to all flyers arriving from the UK. pic.twitter.com/LfeZFTYN44— Delhi Airport (@DelhiAirport) January 8, 2021
New coronavirus strain spreads to 50 countries: WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said that the new UK coronavirus mutant strain has now spread to 50 countries. While a similar South African-identified strain has now been reported in 20 countries, the WHO added that a third new coronavirus “variant of concern” detected in Japan needs further probe.
“The more the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads, the more opportunities it has to change. High levels of transmission mean that we should expect more variants to emerge,” said the UN body.
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