The Ministry of Health Ministry and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on April 29 issued revised home isolation guidelines. The revision comes amid the onset of the second COVID-19 wave in the country.
The home isolation guidelines are applicable to coronavirus infected patients who have been clinically assigned as 'asymptomatic' or 'mildly symptomatic' by a treating medical officer. They would be allowed to isolate at home only if their oxygen saturation at room air is above 94 percent.
"Such cases should have the requisite facility at their residence for self-isolation and for quarantining the family contacts," the Union health ministry stated.
A caregiver should be available to provide care on "24 x 7 basis", and a communication link between the caregiver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation, it added.