Chandigarh, March 27 -- A hospital attendant in the emergency unit of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) refused to pack the body of a suspected coronavirus patient and shift it to the mortuary as he was not provided an N-95 or three-layered surgical face mask.

It was only after a three-layered mask was provided to him that the health worker lifted the body.

PGI contractual employees' union vice-president Jitender said, "When the attendant demanded a face mask before shifting the deceased's body, the hospital officials told him not to worry, pack the body and shift it to the mortuary. It was after we raised a hue and cry that the health worker demanded a three-layered mask to shift the body."

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