Nearly 17,000 Italian health workers infected with virus: study
The figure accounts for 10 percent of Italy's officially registered infections.
The ISS public health institute did not report fatality figures, but a study released Thursday by the FNOMCeO medical association said COVID-19 has killed 125 doctors in Italy.
Media reports Friday said that at least 34 nurses have also died of the disease.
Italy's total COVID-19 death toll stands at 22,170, although doctors say the real figure could be double the official one in some of the worst-hit provinces.
Several Italian doctors have expressed fears that infected medics may have been unwittingly spreading the disease to their patients in the early weeks of the outbreak.
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