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342 medical workers have died of COVID-19: IDI

Nurses tend to a COVID-19 coronavirus patient at the Bogor general hospital in Bogor city, West Java on September 3, 2020. - Hospital intensive care units are straining amid the pandemic. (AFP/Adek Berry)
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Jakarta   ●   Mon, December 7 2020

The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has reported an update on COVID-19 fatalities in medical and health workers, with a total of 342 deaths, almost nine months after Indonesia announced its first cases of the disease.

According to IDI data, which was released on Saturday, the total figure comprised 192 doctors, 14 dentists and 136 nurses. The deceased doctors were 101 general practitioners (including four professors), 89 specialists (seven professors) and two residents.

The Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI) said 75 percent of nurses who died were stationed in patient rooms at hospitals.

“It is possible that they contracted the virus from patients who had not received their swab tests yet, or from asymptomatic carriers. 

“We are fully aware that heal...

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