Karnataka Corona update: Under fire, Karnataka set out to relax quarantine rule for returnees | Bengaluru News
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BENGALURU: With the mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine for returnees from other states proving to be a logistical nightmare, the Karnataka government is contemplating the reintroduction of home quarantine for asymptomatic returnees.
The new strategy, which comes in the context of traumatic experiences transmitted by quarantined returnees in hotels, will be implemented in the coming days. Revenue Minister R Ashoka told TOI: “We will review the guidelines related to quarantine. We will allow asymptomatic people returning to Karnataka from other states to observe home quarantine. Upon arrival, all returnees will be screened and asymptomatic returnees will be sealed by hand and will be allowed to quarantine at home. ”
The government had received requests for 1.9 lakh through the Seva Sindhu portal from Karnataka residents, who have been stranded along with their families in other states after the national closure was announced, seeking entry to the state. While the government does not have data on how many people entered the state after interstate passes were issued online, a section of the bureaucracy admitted that forcing returnees to pay for their 14-day hotel stay was not a prudent move. In addition, thousands of quarantined returnees have complained about the pathetic conditions of the hotel and the poor quality food served to them.
Those who are quarantined at home will be monitored: Ashoka
Ashoka said: “We are thinking of taking people with Covid symptoms to designated hospitals for treatment; the rest can go home and report if they develop symptoms. Of course, physical and technological surveillance will be done on people who are quarantined to make sure there are no violations. We will speak to the CM and a government order to this effect is expected. ”
“The government anticipates a greater challenge as thousands of people would begin to arrive as the interstate movement of vehicles will be fully permitted in the coming days. While it is difficult to handle such a large crowd, the government cannot arrange for institutional quarantine for such a massive number, “an official said.
Health experts have suggested that the government extend institutional quarantine only for those returning from high-risk states. But there is a downside, a senior bureaucrat said, adding: “The list of high-risk states is reviewed every Monday and can create more confusion.”
Complaints continue to come against the institutional quarantine. “We are forced to stay in a hotel and pay large sums for 14 days. But medical officials are not reviewing our health. Why can’t they let us go home? “Said Archana M, a traveler.