13 July, Kathmandu:
More than 3,000 healthcare workers are known to have died of the coronavirus, according to Amnesty International, as it raises concerns about unsafe working conditions, low pay, long hours and violence against medical workers in some countries.
In a new report published on Monday, the United Kingdom-based rights group said Russia at 545 had the highest numbers of healthcare worker deaths from COVID-19.
Russia was followed closely by the UK with 540, including 262 social care workers and the United States with 507.
Brazil, which has emerged as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths after the US, has so far reported 351 healthcare worker deaths, while Mexico, another Latin American hotspot, has 248.
Doctors and nurses are on the front line of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed nearly 569,000 people and infected more than 12.9 million worldwide.
Amnesty said there was a shortage of PPE in nearly all of the 63 countries it surveyed.
Source : International News Agencies