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Bihar govt cancels leaves of doctors, healthcare workers till April 5 as COVID cases rise

The healthcare staff who were already on leave have been asked to resume work. However, the state has spared those who are on maternity or study leave.

Bihar govt cancels leaves of doctors, healthcare workers till April 5 as COVID cases rise-dnm
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Patna, First Published Mar 19, 2021, 2:36 PM IST
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In view of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases, the Bihar government has cancelled leaves of doctors, healthcare workers and paramedical staff till April 5, as per reports.

The healthcare staff who were already on leave have been asked to resume work. However, the state has spared those who are on maternity or study leave.

This comes a day after the state reported 107 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, taking the cumulative tally to 2,63,265. Bihar's fresh infection count touched a three-digit mark after a gap of nearly two months.

Following a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Covid-19 situation in the country, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Wednesday said his government would be increasing testing, in wake of the recent spike.

Nitish Kumar also told PTI that those travelling to the state from outside will be monitored and expressed confidence that the situation will remain under control as a result of these measures, besides the vaccination drive which is underway.

There are 405 active cases in the state currently.

As per the State Health Society, 59,076 samples were tested and 107 of them found positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. On Thursday, 44,680 samples were tested and 58 people had tested positive.

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