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Doctors in India end strike amid growing Covid cases

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Resident doctors in India’s capital, New Delhi, have called off their two-week long strike amid rising coronavirus cases in the country, a statement from the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) said on Friday.

Thousands of resident doctors have been protesting a delay in allocating hospitals to doctors who have passed their post-graduate exams — leaving them unemployed and unable to support the country’s Covid efforts. The delay has led to a shortage of 45,000 doctors on the front line, according to the Indian Medical Association.

“With the Covid situation getting worse we have rejoined hospitals,” said FORDA secretary Dr. Anuj Aggarwal, adding they will continue to push for allocation of hospitals to the incoming batch of doctors.

India reported more than 16,000 new Covid-19 cases Friday, a 27% rise from the day before, according to the Ministry of Health.

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