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In wake of the Delta Plus variant and amid speculations of third wave, Nagpur Municipal Corporation has now made it mandatory for every COVID-19 patient to undergo institutional quarantine.
Nagpur Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B had issued orders regarding the same. As per a press release by NMC, the Commissioner had also notified various Zone heads on the policy.
A few days ago, NMC notified that from the samples, which were collected in early June during second wave, five tested positive for the Delta Plus variant. Four of the five belonged to Nagpur city and the other remaining was from Chandrapur.
NMC Commissioner Radhakrishnan B told Nation Next that currently, COVID-19 cases in Nagpur are fewer compared to that of second wave. However, there might be new cases of Delta or Delta Plus variant and hence, NMC is taking every necessary precaution to curb the spread of the virus.
“We have decided not to continue with home quarantine for a while. This decision has been taken considering two major parameters. First, that five Delta Plus variant cases were reported in Nagpur from the samples taken in June and another one being that we don’t want any Delta patient roaming around in the city,” said Radhakrishnan.
“NMC has the medical infrastructure to facilitate institutional quarantine. If the patient wants, we can arrange a hotel room at his/her own cost,” he concluded.
MLA hostel in Nagpur is NMC’s institutional quarantine centre. Along with this, NMC also operates Indira Gandhi Hospital in Gandhi Nagar and IGGMC for COVID-19 patients. Citizens every testing positive for COVID-19 could admit themselves at the above-mentioned centres.