Coronavirus: India’s health workers call for better protection after 196 doctors die

A health worker waits to take nasal swab samples to test for COVID-19 at a medical camp in Mumbai. (AP)

The Indian Medical Association says 196 doctors have died of COVID-19 so far and, in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requested adequate care for physicians and their families.

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The Health Ministry on Sunday recorded nearly 64,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours for a total of 2,153,010. At least 628,747 patients are still undergoing treatment.

India also recorded 861 fatalities, driving the death toll to 43,379.

India has been posting an average of around 50,000 new cases a day since mid-June and has the third-highest caseload in the world after the United States and Brazil.

It has the fifth-most deaths but its fatality rate of about 2 percent is far lower than the top two hardest-hit countries.

Even as India has maintained comparatively low mortality rates, the disease has spread widely across the country.

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Last Update: Sunday, 09 August 2020 KSA 08:59 - GMT 05:59
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