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Delhi govt cancels leaves of staff of all hospitals, medical institutions

Amid an increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital, Delhi government on Saturday issued an order directing hospitals and medical institutions to recall their staff who are on leave to report for duty immediately.

Special Secretary S M Ali said that leave of any kind would only be granted under most compelling circumstances.

“All MSs, MDs, Deans and Directors of the hospitals and medical institutions under the Health and Family Welfare Department are advised to issue directions to all the staff working under their control, who are on leave of any kind, to report for their duties immediately,” the order stated.

The directions came in the wake of a spurt in the number of coronavirus cases in the national capital and shortage of doctors and medical staff.

Delhi is under immense pressure to improve its health infrastructure as the state government expects coronavirus cases to climb up to 5.5 lakh by July-end.

Currently, the national capital has more than 50,000 cases, third-highest cases in the country, while over 2,000 people have succumbed to the dreaded virus so far.

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