90K health care workers worldwide believed to have COVID-19

In this Thursday, April 23, 2020 photo, Ruth Caballero, a nurse with The Visiting Nurse Service of New York, suits up in protective equipment before treating a COVID-19 patient on her rounds in upper Manhattan in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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UPDATED 1:20 PM PT — Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tens of thousands of healthcare workers around the globe have reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. On Wednesday, the head of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) announced that COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 260 nurses and has infected roughly 90,000 health officials.

The group believes the estimated amount of infected workers are actually double their recorded numbers. According to the ICN, these numbers are partially due to scarce personal protective equipment and a lack of other resources at medical facilities.

“In the last few weeks, we have seen the reports of the deaths of nurses increase from 100 to more than 260. The figure for health care worker infections rises from 23,000 to, we think, more than 90,000. That is still an under-estimation because it is not every country in the world.” – Howard Catton, CEO of the International Council of Nurses

Catton noted there is a chance that the 90,000 count could look more like 200,000, if one includes those countries that weren’t originally counted.

FILE – In this April 16, 2020 file photo, medical staff tend to a patient in the emergency COVID-19 ward at the San Carlo Hospital in Milan, Italy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, there are more than 3.7 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide. As of Wednesday, more than 259,000 people have died, while over 1.2 million have recovered.

Lockdowns are slowly being lifted around the world as countries work to safely reopen.

Experts have said several potential vaccines are going through human trials. However, they expect it could take upwards of a year and a half for one to be proven viable and become widely available.

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Emergency room nurse Brian Stephen leans against a stoop as he takes a break from his work at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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