One hundred Italian doctors have died after contracting 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 spokesman for the association told AFP. Italian media reports estimate that 30 nurses and nursing assistants have also died of 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," FNOMCeO president Filippo Anelli said on the association's website. "It is an unfair fight."
Rome's ISS public health institute estimates that 10 percent of those infected with the novel coronavirus in Italy work in healthcare.
UK APPLAUSE HEALTH WORKERS
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab led a nationwide show of appreciation for health service workers on Thursday, standing in for his boss, Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
In what has become a weekly event, organised largely on social media via the hashtag #ClapForCarers, people across Britain gave a round of applause at 8 pm for the National Health Service (NHS). The public display of support has become a moment of national unity and emotional release during the anxiety of Britain's lockdown.