Mumbai: The state-appointed COVID-19 Task Force issued guidelines for positive patients and accordingly, 40% of patients in Mumbai can be shifted from hospitals to COVID care centres or their homes. According to the guidelines, asymptomatic patients without co-morbidities can be sent to the CCCs or their residences after five days in hospital.
“It will reduce the load on doctors and they can concentrate on symptomatic patients. It will help us reduce the mortality rate too,” Dr Sanjay Oak, chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force, was quoted as saying by media reports.
After the number of patients increased rapidly last week along with the mortality rate reaching 6%, the Maharashtra government appointed Dr Oak, former dean of KEM hospital, as the chairman of the task force. Among the task force’s recommendations is also conducting a COVID test only after five days for the close contacts of asymptomatic positive patients.
In a meeting on Thursday that was attended by state and BMC health officials, the new guidelines were approved. After five days of treatment, the viral shedding is very low and it cannot be transmitted to other people, said officials. Patients with small homes can be shifted to a CCC. Patients will be strictly monitored by health professionals, added officials.