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A day after two more of its employees tested positive of coronavirus disease Covid-19, the doctors and the paramedical staff at the civil hospital in Ludhiana staged protest against the poor quality of face masks being provided to them.

Earlier, the doctors had raised the issue of poor quality of PPE kits. The protesting staff alleged that the N-95 mask was of substandard quality which provides no protection.

The employees staged protests holding masks in their hands. They refused to join duty till the time they are provided good quality masks and PPE kits.

So far, one former doctor and four ward attendants have tested positive for Covid-19.

Meanwhile, 22 positive cases of Covid-19 were reported in Ludhiana on Monday.

They include two rape accused, six undertrial prisoners lodged in Borstal jail, two railway protection force (RPF) personnel – one a contact of a Covid-19 positive patient – and five other cases from different parts of the district.

Meanwhile, 15 nurses working on contract and deployed at isolation centre of the civil hospital, also staged protest and demanded hike in salary. They also accused the authorities of the hospital for not conducting their Covid-19 tests.

The protesting nurses said that they have come in contact with infected ward attendants and patients, who could be asymptomatic Covid-19 carriers.

Amritsar continued to lead the Covid-19 tally in Punjab with 305 positive cases recorded on Monday, followed by 209 in Jalandhar and 155 in Tarn Taran.

A total of 52,955 samples have been taken so far in the state and 48,813 of them have tested negative while reports of 2,162 are still awaited.