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Ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi, private hospitals appealed to the healthcare staff not to take leave amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

There is insufficient evidence at the current time to verify whether the hospitals asked the staff not to take leave.

There is insufficient evidence at the current time to verify whether the hospitals asked the staff not to take leave.As the COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the country, Maharashtra remains on top of the maximum number. The Pune Zilla Panchayat and the civic body is facing a shortage of specialists. The administration has issued an advertisement to recruit 1,124 healthcare workers. The National Board of Examinations has invited the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test(NEET) 2020 since August 2, and specialists have started taking study leave. However, with specialist posts not being filled, the administration has decided to offer incentives and engage them for COVID care on a call basis.

According to an Indian Express report, private hospitals had appealed to staff nurses and healthcare staff not to apply for leave. As the ICU and isolation wards remain full of COVID-19 patients, the workers were asked ahead of the Ganesh festival on August 22, 2020, to be prepared for no relaxation during the festival. However, no other no news agencies have reported the incident, and the current evidence is insufficient to verify the claim.

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