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Health Ministry Joint Secretary advises Omicron patients to go in for home isolation

10/01/2022 at 6:20 PM

New Delhi, Jan 10: Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lav Aggarwal on Monday emphasised on home isolation to deal with Omicron variant of Covid-19.

He advised people to rely on only authentic sources of information and avoid creating a panic situation as the infection caused by Omicron variant is mild.

Addressing a virtual meeting, Aggarwal said, “Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) of COVID-19 infection is 70 times more transmissible in nature, however, it is a milder infection that requires home isolation at large and lesser hospitalisation”.

The Joint Secretary further informed that the Government of India stresses home isolation for dealing with the Omicron variant and they have reduced its time from 10 days to seven days.

There is very less requirement of hospitalization. Union Health Ministry’s National Telemedicine Service or eSanjeevani service is available in this regard, he said.

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