One hundred Italian doctors have died of the novel coronavirus since the pandemic reached the Mediterranean country in February, Italy’s FNOMCeO health association said on Thursday.
“The number of doctors who have died because of COVID-19 is 100 – perhaps even 101 at the moment, unfortunately,” a FNOMCeO spokesman told AFP. That is in addition to more than 30 nurses and other medical staff who have died.
According to information from Italy’s High Institute of Health, more than 13,500 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus, a little less than a tenth of the nearly 140,000 total infections in the country.
According to FNOMCEO President Filippo Anelli, the list of deceased doctors includes several who came out of retirement to help fight the spread of the virus.
“A doctor never stops being a doctor,” Anelli said in a statement.
Italy remains one of the countries hardest hit by the global outbreak, with over 17,500 deaths as of Wednesday, more than the official count in any country. More than 95,000 Italians are currently infected by the virus. Enditem