When Assaults Drown Out Applause

Today marks the UN’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, and it comes as health workers worldwide are under extraordinary strain as they hold down the COVID-19 frontlines.
 
While some health workers are feted nightly with choruses of applause, others are enduring vicious attacks that leave them afraid to wear their uniforms in public, theNew York Times reports.

  • In Mexico, dozens of attacks on health workers have been reported since the outbreak began; some have been blamed for spreading the coronavirus.

  • In the Philippines, a nurse was blinded after attackers doused him with bleach.

  • In India—where “a stone-throwing mob” chased health workers, officials are taking action. The government has pledged a “zero tolerance policy” for such offenses, naming violence against health workers a non-bailable offense punishable by up to 7 years in prison, The Hindu reported
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