Coronavirus — Amnesty Says 6,000 Health Care Workers Dead

  • According to the report released on Monday, at least 3,000 people affiliated with medical staff around the world have died of COVID-19
  • The report cites a lack of adequate coverage, difficult working conditions, and pressure on the medical staff.
  • Governments have threatened workers with unemployment or even arrest.

Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff are at greater risk for the COVID-19 epidemic during the coronavirus outbreak, says a report by Amnesty International. The organization has published a report not only calling for the protection of the lives of this group of people against the coronavirus, but also for criticizing the government’s actions against them.

Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a London-based non-governmental organization focused on human rights. The organization says it has more than seven million members and supporters around the world.

According to the report released on Monday, at least 3,000 people affiliated with medical staff around the world have died of COVID-19 disease. In this regard, the international body has criticized the performance of governments in many parts of the world.

The report cites a lack of adequate coverage, difficult working conditions, and pressure on the medical staff. The report states that even some of the employees in this sector have been threatened with unemployment by their governments, and there have even been cases of their arrest.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic still accelerating around the world, we are urging governments to start taking health and essential workers’ lives seriously,” said Sanhita Ambast, Amnesty’s researcher and adviser on economic, social and cultural rights, in a statement. “It is especially disturbing to see that some governments are punishing workers who voice their concerns about working conditions that may threaten their lives.”

Amnesty International has examined the performance of governments in relation to medical and medical staff in different countries. The report relies on information from 79 countries. In addition, reports on the status of medical staff from 63 countries have been reviewed by the human rights body.

The Deadly Shortcoming of Politics

Half of the health care workers who have died of COVID-19 are from the United States, Russia, and the United Kingdom. The report adds that the actual number of victims of medical staff due to the coronavirus may be much higher than the recorded and announced cases.

According to Amnesty International, 545 medical staff have died in Russia so far, and 507 people in the United States. In addition, 540 British medical staff have died from the disease. Amnesty International has put the number of deaths of medical staff in Iran in connection with COVID-19 at 91.

In Iran, although some officials have spoken of the medical staff numbers in relation to Coronavirus, Nasrollah Fathian, Coordinating Director of the National Coronavirus Headquarters, announced in early May that more than 100 Iranian medical and nursing staff have lost their lives in the fight against Coronavirus.

In mid-May, Qassem Jan Babaei, Iran’s deputy health minister, announced that about 10,000 members of the country’s medical staff had been infected with COVID-19 disease. In particular, the initial inconvenience of taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously, and the lack of necessary supplies for equipping hospitals and medical staff, have been factors in the damage to these forces.

With the recent escalation of coronavirus in Iran in recent weeks, there has been widespread debate about the fatigue of the country’s medical staff and the risk of the inability of the health care system to continue to deal with coronavirus. Amnesty International reports that governments have failed to protect the lives and health of medical personnel. They are not provided with adequate coverage to prevent the disease.

On 19 February 2020, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of infections in Qom. As of July 9, there were 259,652 reported cases and 13,032 deaths. Both are rumored to be substantially higher.

The Austrian government has long hidden the shortcomings of protecting the lives of medical staff under such beautiful terms as “heroes of the crisis.” Lack of adequate coverage to prevent the disease has led to many health care workers in the country being forced to provide their own masks and clothing.

“Accused of Terrorism”

Amnesty International has reported that the situation in other countries is even worse. For example, there have been reports of doctors being arrested in Egypt, on charges of “terrorist activities.” Their “guilt,” however, has been only criticism of the government’s management of the Coronavirus crisis.

In Russia, authorities have filed lawsuits against two doctors for spreading false news and trying to silence them.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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