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Thousands of medical staff infected with coronavirus in Italy

As coronavirus cases jump and deaths surge in Italy, new figures show an "enormous" level of contagion among the country's medical personnel.

At least 2,629 doctors are infected by coronavirus since the onset of the outbreak in February, representing 8.3 percent of total cases, in line with a report published on Wednesday by Gruppo Italiano per la Medicina Basata sulle Evidenze or GIMBE - Italy's Group for Evidence-based Medicine.

The data has sent shock waves through the country's already strained healthcare system.

"We extracted this number from data provided by the National Health Institute," GIMBE Director Nino Cartabellotta, a public health expert, told Al Jazeera.

"Figures regarding the contagion among doctors, nurses and general health professionals have started being disclosed only on March 11. many new cases are daily recorded since then. But medical personnel on the front should be the primary to be protected."

Cartabellotta said the part…