In a major decision, Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday revised its guidelines and declared that all asymptomatic Covid positive cases in Jammu province would be in-home isolation.
The decision, however, came with a rider that the all asymptomatic Covid positive cases in Jammu province would be allowed home isolation with conditions as in Kashmir—free Oximeter, compulsory Arogya Setu App and proper isolation space with a poster outside the house.
“Those presently in the hospital will have to wait till they test negative,” said the Department of Information and Public Relations while disclosing the government decision.
On August 11, the UT administration had decided not to allow asymptomatic COVID-19 patients at home isolation in Jammu region while extending similar relaxation to patients in Kashmir.
The decision had triggered resentment among the patients and their attendants across the region who described the move as “arbitrary” and “discriminatory”.
Earlier on July 30, the administration had allowed COVID-19 asymptomatic positive patients to stay in home isolation if they have a separate room in their house and Aarogya Setu App in their mobile phone.
On August 23, J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam had directed the preparation of a strategic plan to “sweep-clean” Jammu, Udhampur and Rajouri districts of all COVID-19 cases through a massive testing exercise.
Thereafter, the administration decided to introduce rapid antigen tests at 110 different vulnerable clusters in Jammu city for the screening of over 6,000 shopkeepers, businessmen, service providers and banks.
In August alone so far, over 3,300 positive cases have been reported in Jammu region out of which 1,578 cases came from Jammu district alone.