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COVID-19 Has Killed Over 400 Doctors and Nurses Around the World

Approximately 423 healthcare professionals have died of COVID-19 around the world.
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Approximately 423 healthcare professionals (HCP) have died of COVID-19 around the world, with Italy having the most number of HCP deaths, estimated at around 106 fatalities as of April 15.

This frequently updated list by MedScape tracks all the fallen HCPs around the world. Medscape is a news platform and online community for HCPs worldwide under the WebMD network, and the community has been tracking the fallen medical heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle. Based on reports and obituaries, the memorial list ensures that these heroes are remembered.

Based on the number of reported HCP deaths, which includes doctors, nurses, paramedics, etc, Italy's, Iran's, and the U.S.’ medical communities have been hit the hardest with the most number of HCP deaths. In Iran, around 83 medical frontliners have died, while 69 have passed away in the U.S.

The U.K. has recorded around 27 HCP deaths, while here in the Philippines, 23 doctors and nurses have fallen.

Brazil has recorded 16 HCP deaths, while Spain and Indonesia both report 15 deaths. And in China, the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic, only 10 doctor and nurse deaths have been recorded.

Other countries that have reported under 10 medical frontliner deaths in their countries are France, Egypt, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, Moldova, Belgium, Puerto Rico, Algeria, Bahamas, Afghanistan, South Korea, Guyana, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine, Uruguay, Argentina, Honduras, Cameroon, Turkey, Colombia, India, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Paraguay, Australia, South Africa, Ecuador, Malaysia, Romania, and Canada.

So far, there has been no official data released on the impact of COVID-19 on healthcare professionals, so MedScape’s community tally sourced from local medical communities is the only source keeping tabs on HCP deaths on a global scale.

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Based on MedScape’s records, Italy, Iran, U.S., U.K., and the Philippines have the most number of reported COVID-19 HCP deaths. However, the reported number of total deaths in Italy, Iran, U.S., and U.K. are in the thousands, while the Philippines’ is 335 as of April 14.

The current percentage of healthcare professionals that make up the total COVID-19 fatalities in the Philippines is 7.46 percent.

Andrei Martin Diamante, a Filipino data analyst based in Australia, has been keeping track of the percentage of HCP fatalities, and as of now, based only on recorded HCP deaths, the Philippines has the highest HCP death rate in the world, when compared to our total COVID-19 fatalities.

You can view the visual representation of the global COVID-19 impact on healthcare professionals here.

If you would like to help and ensure that these fallen heroes are remembered, you can fill out MedScape’s form here: Healthcare Worker Memorial.

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