The International Council of Nurses (ICN), which represents 130 national nursing associations, said that more than 1000 nurses have died in 44 countries.
This suggests that with almost 30 million people infected with the virus, as many as three million may be health workers.
“We talk about the new norm created by the pandemic, but it has also confirmed some long-understood truths in the nursing community, that nurses are undervalued, underpaid and sometimes treated as expendable. This is a scandalous situation which ICN urges governments to rectify,” ICN President Annette Kennedy said.
The highest number of deaths were reported in Brazil at 351, followed by Mexico at 212.
ICN further said that the real number of fatalities among nurses due to coronavirus was higher.