Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has ordered the seven days institutional quarantine of all the passengers arriving from the UK, even if they test negative for the COVID-19 virus. After institutional quarantine, the passengers would be advised to quarantine at home for 7 days. 

The announcement comes after the flights from the UK to India were resumed partially on 8th January. But CM Arvind Kejriwal urged to keep India-UK flights suspended till January 31 to prevent the spread of the new strain of coronavirus in India. As the flights from the UK to India resume, the risk of passengers carrying the new strain of COVID-19 virus increases.  

Arvind Kejriwal posted on twitter – “To protect Delhiites from exposure to the virus from the UK, Delhi government takes important decisions. All those arriving from the 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”. 

The new stain of the COVID-19 virus is more infectious and can spread more easily among people. Therefore, the central government has considered it necessary to take effective measures to prevent its spread in India. As a precautionary measure, DDMA has issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for all the international passengers who have traveled from or transited to the UK.  

According to the SOP, all international travelers have to declare their travel history of the past 14 days. Passengers traveling from the UK have to submit self-declaration forms to be screened for COVID-19 on the online portal at least 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey. They should also carry negative RT-PCR reports with them at the time of boarding the flight.  

After arrival at the Indian airport, all the passengers will be subjected to a mandatory self-paid RT-PCR test. Those tested positive for COVID-19 will be subjected to mandatory institutional quarantine in a separate unit. The patients will be tested on the 14th day and will be kept in an isolation unit till their reports come negative. 

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