Coronavirus in Mumbai: Asymptomatic patients in Mumbai must now stay in home isolation | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: With Covid cases rising in the city but deaths reducing, BMC on Saturday revised home isolation guidelines. Now, asymptomatic patients, irrespective of age, have to stay in home isolation and not seek a hospital bed.
Sources said unnecessary hospitalisation had led to a shortage of beds in the city, prompting the directive. “More cases are coming from buildings, and as these patients don’t want to get admitted to public hospitals, they rush to private ones. This has led to a shortage of beds in private sector,’’ said a senior BMC doctor.
A BMC official said the directive was also prompted as most asymptomatic patients coming from buildings have adequate space to isolate themselves at home. “Senior citizens will be more comfortable at home than in hospitals, with no near and dear ones around,’’ said an official.
Last month, BMC, to reduce the high mortality rate, issued a directive that home isolation facilities would only be allowed for asymptomatic positive patients with no co-morbidities such as hypertension and diabetes, and those aged below 60. The directive said people over 60 would not be allowed home isolation.
Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said, “Home isolation is only for asymptomatic patients. Our ward-level war-room expert will collect contact details of the family doctor of such patients and stay in contact with them to know changes in health and shift them to hospital if needed.”
Mortality has been high (57%) among senior citizens, which was a major cause for concern. The fatality rate then was 5.5% of total cases, which has reduced to 4.8% now.



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