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3 Russian doctors have fallen from hospital windows amid COVID-19 pandemic: reports

Three doctors who were working on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Russia have now fallen out of hospital windows within the past two weeks, according to local media reports.

Two of the physicians have died from their falls, while the most recent case is in serious condition in hospital with a skull fracture, the reports say.

That man, ambulance doctor Alexander Shulepov, reportedly fell from the second-storey window of the rural Novousmanskaya hospital in the Voronezh Oblast on Saturday, where he was being treated for COVID-19 after testing positive in late April.

He was also an employee at the hospital, which lies roughly 500 kilometres south of Moscow, regional health officials officials confirmed to local outlets.

According to local media, Shulepov and his colleague, Alexander Kosyakin, filmed a video on April 22 complaining that the hospital’s chief doctor had forced Shulepov to work despite testing positive for the virus.

The video, which was posted to Russian social media platform VK, also contains allegations of medical supply shortages, media reported.

Three days later, Shulepov posted a new video where he denied the earlier allegations, saying he had made them in a state of “emotions.” It also featured an appearance by the chief doctor assuring the hospital had enough equipment.

In an interview with CNN, Kosyakin said he had last checked in with Shulepov on April 30, and was told his condition had improved.

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“He felt fine, he was getting ready to get discharged from the hospital … and all of a sudden this happened, it’s not clear why and what for, so many questions that I don’t even have the answer to.”

The regional department of Russia’s health ministry told CNN in a statement that Shulepov “is a victim of an accident due to his own lack of caution,” adding he’s receiving necessary medical care.

On May 1, Elena Nepomnyashchaya, the acting head doctor of the Regional Hospital for War Veterans in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, passed away after spending a week in intensive care, according to a statement from the regional health ministry.

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