A hundred Italian doctors have died after contracting a coronavirus since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country in February, the Italian health association FNOMCeO announced on Thursday.
“The number of doctors who have died from COVID-19 is 100 – maybe even 101 at the moment, unfortunately,” a spokesperson for the association told AFP.
The toll includes retired doctors the government began calling a month ago to help fight a virus that has officially claimed the lives of 17,669 people in Italy.
The Italian media estimate that 30 nurses and nursing assistants also died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
“We can longer allow our doctors, our health workers, to be sent to fight without any protection against the virus,” said FNOMCeO president Filippo Anelli on the association’s website.
“It is an unfair fight. “
The ISS Institute of Public Health in Rome estimates that 10% of people infected with the new coronavirus in Italy work in healthcare.