Ninety-four doctors have died of coronavirus, the Italian association of doctors said Tuesday. Twenty-six nurses have also died after contracting the virus, the press officer of the Italian federation of nurses said, adding that there were 6,549 infected nurses in total.
As of Monday, the total number of healthcare workers infected by coronavirus is 12,681, according to the Italian Institute of Health.
Protective equipment shortage: A lack of proper protective gear has made contagion inside healthcare facilities a contributor to the rampant spread of the virus. Some of the best health structures in Europe are in northern Italy, but they were pushed to near collapse with the sheer number of Covid-19 patients in need of urgent care.