Delhi govt orders mandatory 7-day quarantine for UK passengers
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday announced stricter protocol for passengers arriving from United Kingdom (UK) at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport to check the spread of new Covid-19 strain.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared the order of Chief Secretary Vijay Dev which stated mandatory quarantine for all the people arriving from UK including those who test negative for the disease.
“To protect Delhiites from exposure to virus from UK, Del govt takes imp decisions. 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. (sic)” Kejriwal tweeted.
The Chief Secretary said in the order that the protocol will be strictly enforced on a trial basis till January 14 in Delhi. As per officials, the rules may get extension after review of the situation.
“As a matter of abundant precaution, in view of the increased transmissibility of the new variant, it is decided that all travellers coming from the UK to India would be mandatorily subjected to self-paid RT-PCR tests on arrival at the airport. Those who are found positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility in as separate (isolation) unit as per existing laid down protocol. Those who are found negative shall be kept in compulsory institutional quarantine for a period of seven days followed by seven days of home quarantine,” read the order.