Russia healthcare workers are dying 16 times more often than in countries with comparable coronavirus outbreaks

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New analysis by Russian outlet Mediazona found that healthcare workers in the country make up 7% of COVID-19 fatalities, equal to one in every 15 deaths from the virus. In Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the virus, the percentage of healthcare workers dying from COVID-19 is about 1.59%. Russia now has 299,941 reported cases of COVID-19, the second-highest globally, and 2,837 deaths from the virus. The study gave two possible reasons for medical workers’ high death rate: Either mortality statistics are being underestimated or the risk is unusually high because of insufficient personal

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