More than 100 doctors have now died in Italy's coronavirus outbreak

More than 100 doctors have now died in Italy's coronavirus outbreak
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The coronavirus death toll among Italian doctors reached 100 on Thursday as four more physicians died in the past 24 hours, the Italian doctors' federation FNOMCEO said, APA reports citing the Local.

Some 30 nurses have died from the virus.

The toll includes retired doctors who had voluntarily returned to work during the outbreak.

They were among some 8,000 medical staff to volunteer last month for an emergency coronavirus task force.

Some hospitals in Lombardy and other badly-hit areas are struggling with half as many staff as needed to treat the number of patients being admitted, Il Messeggero reported.

According to the offical list most of these victims worked in and around Lombardy, the region at the centre of the Italian outbreak - although doctors have also died further south in Le Marche, Campania, Sicily and Puglia.

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