At the very least 90,000 health-care staff worldwide are believed to have been contaminated with COVID-19, and probably twice that, amid studies of constant shortages of protecting gear, the Worldwide Council of Nurses (ICN) mentioned on Wednesday.
The illness has killed greater than 260 nurses, it mentioned in an announcement, urging authorities to maintain extra correct data to assist forestall the virus from spreading amongst employees and sufferers.
The Geneva-based affiliation mentioned a month in the past that 100 nurses had died within the pandemic sparked by a novel coronavirus that emerged within the central Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan late final 12 months.
“The determine for well being care staff infections has risen from 23,000 to we predict greater than 90,000, however that’s nonetheless an under-estimation as a result of it isn’t (overlaying) each nation on the planet,” Howard Catton, ICN’s chief govt officer, advised Reuters Tv in its lakeside workplaces.
The 90,000 estimate relies on data collected on 30 nations from nationwide nursing associations, authorities figures and media studies. The ICN represents 130 nationwide associations and greater than 20 million registered nurses.
Catton, noting that 3.5 million instances of COVID-19 have been reported worldwide, mentioned: “If the common well being employee an infection price, about 6 % we predict, is utilized to that, the determine globally may very well be greater than 200,000 well being employee infections at this time.
“The scandal is that governments are usually not systematically amassing and reporting on this data. It seems to be to us as if they’re turning a blind eye which we predict is totally unacceptable and can price extra lives,” Catton, a Briton, added.
The World Well being Group (WHO), which is coordinating the worldwide response to the pandemic, says that its 194 member states are usually not offering complete figures on well being employee infections as they grapple with the unprecedented disaster.
The WHO final mentioned on April 11 that some 22,000 well being staff have been thought to have been contaminated.
The ICN mentioned it now believes these “stunning” figures to considerably underestimate the fact.
“This failure to file each an infection charges and deaths amongst healthcare staff is placing extra nurses and their sufferers in peril,” the assertion mentioned.
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