At least 90,000 health workers worldwide are reported to have contracted Covid-19. The actual number could be more than double, according to the International Nurse Council (ICN).
“The number of infected health workers has increased from 23,000 to more than 90,000,” said Howard Catton, ICN’s leader, who said the estimate could be lower than reality because it is impossible to count all countries in the world. .
The number of 90,000 is an estimate based on information gathered from national health workers associations, official government figures and media reports in more than 30 countries, according to Reuters.
ICN represents 130 national health workers associations and more than 20 million registered nurses.
Catton noted that currently 3.5 million cases of Covid-19 have been reported worldwide. He said that if the average infection rate for health workers was applied, which according to ICN was about 6%, the current number of Covid-19 health workers worldwide could exceed 200,000.
“The problem is that governments do not systematically collect and report this kind of information. We feel like they are turning a blind eye. We consider this to be completely unacceptable and will be pay with more lives, “he warned.
The World Health Organization (WHO), a United Nations agency that is attempting to coordinate the global response to pandemic, has also warned 194 member countries not to provide adequate staff data. ill health.
In its April 11 update, the WHO estimated that 22,000 health workers were infected with the corona virus, according to the Guardian.