COVID-19 kills 100 health workers in Venezuela

In their report, the Medicos Unidos (United Doctor) Venezuelan NGO, reported five new fatalities just on August 26 due to the coronavirus, as the deadly disease is spiking in Venezuela. All of the deceased were doctors.

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Doctors have complained of not having enough facemasks, surgical gloves, or even water in public hospitals. Photo by EFE.

The NGO Doctors United (Medicos Unidos in Spanish) reported that since the beginning of the pandemic, until August 26, 100 health workers have lost their lives due to the COVID-19 in Venezuela.

That is equivalent to a full third of Venezuela’s admitted 350-plus Coronavirus deaths, making the health-care sector the hardest hit by the pandemic in this Latin American country.

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In a report given through their social networks on Thursday, August 27, the NGO informed that the previous day, five new fatalities registered due to the coronavirus; all of them were doctors.

The doctors who died were two from the Capital District, one from Anzoategui state, one from Vargas state, and one from Zulia. However, as denounced by the NGO, the government of Nicolas Maduro does not mention these figures in its reports.

The state where health care workers have been most affected by the pandemic has been Zulia, with 36 health care workers who have lost their lives after contracting the virus. In 18 states of Venezuela, the NGO also registered the deaths of health care workers.

Additional reportig by Carlos Camacho in Caracas.

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