New Delhi: The Government has revised the discharge policy for Covid-19 patients after categorising the severity of the disease into mild and moderate.

Addressing the media, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry said after a review meeting by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Covid situation, the Ministry has revised their discharge policy with severity categorized into mild and moderate cases.

He  said that patients with mild symptoms can get discharged after seven days of testing positive and having experienced no fever for three successive days. “Mild case discharge after at least 7 days from testing positive & non-emergency for 3 successive days, no need for testing prior to

discharge,” he added. In moderate cases –  if there is resolution of symptoms, the patient maintains O2 saturation> 93% for 3 successive days (without O2)..such patients will be discharged,” the official added.

On the other hand, if the patient’s symptoms do not resolve and they continue to need oxygen support, they will be discharged only after their O2 saturation sustains above the prescribed level for three consecutive days (without support) and their co-morbidities are stable. According to the M inistry, "Omicron has a substantial growth advantage over Delta as per WHO...Data from South Africa, UK, Canada, Denmark suggests a reduced risk of hospitalisation for Omicron.

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