Final year MBBS students, and GNM or BSc qualified nurses will be included in COVID-19 treatment, news agency ANI reported on Monday, referring to a statement by the Prime Minister's Office.

"Final Year MBBS students can be utilised for teleconsultation and monitoring of mild COVID cases under the supervision of Faculty. BSc/GNM Qualified Nurses to be utilised in full-time COVID nursing duties under the supervision of Senior Doctors and Nurses", read PMO 's statement.

It was further reported that medical personnel with 100 days of COVID-19 duty under their belt will be prioritised in upcoming government recruitments.

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Interns, on the other hand, would be deployed in the COVID-management duties under faculty supervision.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also authorised the decision to delay the NEET-PG exam for at least four months in order to aid the already existing rank of healthcare workers fighting COVID-19.

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi authorises keys decisions to boost availability of medical personnel to fight COVID-19. NEET-PG Exam to be postponed for at least 4 months”, ANI quoted the PMO as saying.

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The meeting, reportedly, was based around reviewing the availability of oxygen and medical supplies in the country.

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A huge upsurge in COVID-19 cases and deaths has troubled the public healthcare system in India in recent weeks, with India recording more than 300,000 COVID-19 cases on a daily basis for close to a week now.