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