At least 115,000 health workers have died from Covid-19: WHO chief

'For almost 18 months, health and care workers all over the world have stood in the breach between life and death,' WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the opening of the organisation's main annual assembly.

FILE: This handout picture made available by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivering remarks following the speech of US President's chief medical adviser during a World Health Organization (WHO) executive board meeting on 21 January 2021 in Geneva. Picture: AFP

GENEVA, Switzerland - At least 115,000 health and care workers have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, the World Health Organzation chief said Monday.

"For almost 18 months, health and care workers all over the world have stood in the breach between life and death," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the opening of the organisation's main annual assembly.

"Many have themselves become infected, and while reporting is scant, we estimate that at least 115,000 health and care workers have paid the ultimate price in the service of others."

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