Delhi govt announces 7-day institutional quarantine for travellers from UK

at 5:33 pm
Institutional quarantine
Delhi Airport

New Delhi (NVI): Delhi government today announced that passengers arriving from the United Kingdom will be sent to seven days of institutional quarantine, even if they test negative after arrival in the city.

The announcement comes as flights from Britain resumed after a two-week ban.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted the order issued by chief secretary Vijay Dev in this regard.

“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,” Kejriwal tweeted.

“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,” the order stated.

“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,” it added.

Flights to and from UK were initially suspended until December 31, and the suspension was then extended until January 7.

Notably, an Air India flight from the UK landed in Delhi this morning with close to 250 passengers amid concerns about a mutant fast-spreading strain of the coronavirus.