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Lord have mercy; coronavirus has killed more than 3,000 health workers

Over 3,000 healthcare workers according to reports have died after  they contracted the new coronavirus.

This was disclosed by Amnesty International as it raises concerns about unsafe working conditions, low pay, long hours and violence against medical workers in some countries.

Per a fresh report which was published on Monday, the United Kingdom-based rights group said Russia at 545 had the highest numbers of healthcare worker deaths from COVID-19.

It was followed up closely by the UK (540, including 262 social care workers), and the United States (507).

“With the COVID-19 pandemic still accelerating around the world, we are urging governments to start taking health and essential workers’ lives seriously,” Sanhita Ambast , Amnesty’s researcher and adviser on economic, social and cultural rights said in an official statement.

“It is especially disturbing to see that some governments are punishing workers who voice their concerns about working conditions that may threaten their lives.”

Brazil, which has come out as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths after the US, has as at now reported 351 healthcare worker deaths, while Mexico, another Latin American hotspot, has also recorded 248.

source; aljazeera news

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