More than 100 Italian doctors died of the novel COVID-19 since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country in February, Italy’s FNOM CEO health association said on Thursday.
“The number of doctors who have died because of coronavirus is above 100, perhaps even 101 at the moment, unfortunately,” an FNOMCEO spokesman told BBC.
The toll includes retired doctors the government began calling in a month ago to help fight a coronavirus that has officially claimed a world-topping 17,669 lives in Italy.
BBC reports estimate that 31 nurses and nursing assistants have also died of coronavirus.
FNOMCEO president Filippo Anelli said on the association’s website. “We can longer allow our doctors, our health workers, to be sent to fight without any protection against the virus,”. Read Here