7,740 dedicated COVID-19 health facilities in 483 districts identified: Health Ministry

Health ministry says learn to live with coronavirus as India's COVID-19 count crosses 56,000 thumbnail

Health ministry says learn to live with coronavirus as India's COVID-19 count crosses 56,000 thumbnail

The ministry has since relied on the RT-PCR tests for identifying Covid-19 positive cases that on Saturday touched 59,622 cases across the country.

If during treatment at a Covid-care centre, a patient's oxygen saturation dips below 95 per cent, he/she will be moved to a dedicated Covid Health Centre (DCHC).

Asked about AIIMS Delhi Director, Dr Randeep Guleria's remarks citing modelling information that the peak of the illness in India could also be reached in June or July, Agarwal mentioned, "If we follow the prescribed dos and don'ts, we may not reach the peak in number of COVID-19 cases and our curve may remain flat". "At the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to follow the home isolation for further 7 days as per guidelines", the revised discharge coverage stated. The patient was fit to leave the hospital or care centre if both the results were negative.

According to the Health Ministry, 16,540 Covid-19 patients, which is about 29.36 per cent of the total cases, have recovered so far, while in the past 24 hours, 1,273 people have been cured. There will be no need for testing prior to discharge. They will undergo regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring.

Under the revised guidelines, patients with "very mild or mild" symptoms may be sent home after 10 days of the onset of symptoms if they have no fever for three days.

"Doubling rate of cases for the last three days has been about 11 days".

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"We have many patients with no symptoms who just sit in hospital waiting to turn negative in the test".

The discharge policy for severe cases is based on clinical recovery and they will have to be tested by RT-PCR after the resolution of their symptoms.

Immunocompromised include those with HIV, transplant recipients and patients with malignancy.

Patients on oxygen support whose fever does not subside within three days will be discharged only after their symptoms subside, or when they are able to maintain oxygen saturation for three consecutive days, the guidelines said.

Experts have, however, expressed caution on discharging patients too early as it remains unclear till how long patients can continue to shed the virus even after recovery.

However, the authorities will follow up through teleconference on the 14th day, it said.

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