13,000 health workers contracted coronavirus

coronavirusAccording to the department of health on Thursday, coronavirus has infected about 13,000 doctors and killed quite 100 of them because the virus takes its toll on frontline caregivers.

The country has the very best number of infections on the continent, with 394,948 recorded cases and 5,940 deaths as of Wednesday and ranks fifth within the world in terms of confirmed cases.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s spokesperson, Popo Maja, told AFP that 13,174 doctors had been infected as of Tuesday, with 103 deaths and 6,394 recoveries.

This statistics was revealed after the planet Health Organisation (WHO) reported that quite 10,000 doctors in 40 countries had been sickened by the virus.

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Shortage and lack of private protective equipment (PPE) are considered together of the main reasons for the increase in infection rate among the doctors .

WHO regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti at a press conference on Thursday said “The growth we are seeing in Covid-19 cases in Africa is placing an ever-greater strain on health services across the continent”

“This has very real consequences for the individuals who add them, and there's no more sobering example of this than the rising number of doctor infections,” she said.