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Nursing staff infected with COVID-19 in Brazil make up 40% of the world’s population

May 21, 2020

With more than 291,000 infections, Brazil is already the third country most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, although according to nursing staff it would be more affected by the disease than in other countries, data from the Federal Nursing Council (COFEN).

According to the panel, 137 nurses have died and over 15,000 have been infected, which is 40 percent of these types of cases worldwide.

“The numbers are very worrying, we didn’t expect there would be that many,” COFEN spokesman Walquirio Almeida told Bloomberg, who attributes the high number to lack of protective and training equipment by staff.

Nursing staff infected with COVID-19 in Brazil make up 40% of the world’s population
Nursing staff infected with COVID-19 in Brazil make up 40% of the world’s population

“The situation will only improve if the authorities take effective action and do it quickly,” said Almeida. About half of nursing staff deaths in Brazil occurred in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, two of the most affected areas. According to COFEN, most of the deceased were between 41 and 50 years old.