New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the spurt in coronavirus cases in the national capital, the Delhi government on Saturday cancelled the holidays of all the healthcare staffs including employee, nurses and other support staff of hospitals administered by the Delhi government.

"All MDs, dean and directors of hospitals and medical institutions under the Health and Family Welfare Department are advised to issue directions to all the staff under their control who are on leave of any kind to immediately report for their duties..." the Delhi government said in an order on Saturday.

The orders has to be implemented with immediate effect, the order further said. However, the government has allowed the government hospital staffs to take leaves under ‘most compelling circumstances’.

The decision came on the day when the coronavirus cases in the capital city crossed the grim milestone of 50,000-mark and reached 53,116, while the death toll in Delhi also crossed the 2,000-mark and stood at 2,035.

Delhi has witnessed over 3,000 new infections during the last 24 hours, making it the biggest single-day spike ever recorded in the capital. The previous highest spike in fresh cases -- 2,877-- was recorded on June 18.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government has criticised the LG’s order to make 5-day institutional quarantine mandatory before home isolation for asymptomatic patients of coronavirus.

Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Friday ordered that all COVID-19 patients in the national capital must be quarantined for at least five days at government-run facilities before being allowed to self-isolate at home.

Opposing the order, Kejriwal said that there is already a shortage of healthcare staff, and facilities in the capital and asked that 'how will it be possible to arrange doctors and nurses for thousands of patients at quarantine centres'.

Kejriwal also said that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given the permission for home isolation across the country, then why Delhi LG wants to implement different rules in the capital. 

Posted By: Talib Khan