The Delhi government on Thursday announced the extension of the mandatory seven-day institutional quarantine rule for people returning from the United Kingdom (UK) till January 31.
The quarantine policy was implemented in the capital due to the rapid surge of cases of a new variant of the novel coronavirus in the United Kingdom. The country was gripped by the new variant of the COVID-19 virus last month overwhelming the health system and sending the government into a tizzy.
Earlier, the Delhi government had announced that all people who return from the UK will have to undergo a compulsory seven-day institutional quarantine despite returning negative for tests done on arrival at the airport. Thereafter, there would be another seven days of home isolation for them. This was announced on January 8. This new order comes a week after the previous one announcing the extension of the protocol till January 31. The Jan 8 order was on an experimental basis till January 14.
The Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that it was done to safeguard the people of Delhi and others coming to and from the state. “All those arriving from the UK, who test positive will be isolated and sent to an isolation facility. Those negative for Covid will be taken to a quarantine facility for seven days followed by seven days of home quarantine.”
“This has been done to protect Delhi residents from exposure to the virus from the UK,” Kejriwal said on the social media platform.
The vaccination drive in India will start from January 16 nationwide. Delhi will also begin its vaccination drive along with the whole country on Saturday. Truckloads of vials of the COVID-vaccine had already arrived in different parts of the country ahead of the nationwide kickoff including Delhi.