A doctor who caught the coronavirus in Russia’s cosmonaut training facility was killed in an apparent suicide jump from a hospital window amid allegations she had failed to stop an outbreak of the illness, according to a report.
Dr. Natalya Lebedeva had been accused of failing to stop an outbreak of COVID-19 at Star City, site of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, the Daily Mail reported.
She had been directly involved in the treatment of the facility’s “patient zero,” one of the heads of the training center who had been in direct contact with cosmonauts, the outlet reported, citing the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper.
Lebedeva, who had been treated in Moscow, fell from the sixth floor of the Federal Biomedical Agency in an apparent suicide, the UK outlet reported.
Her death comes after Dr. Yelena Nepomnyashchaya, 47, plunged from a window at her hospital in Krasnoyarsk while complaining about shortages of personal protective equipment. She is in critical condition.
Lebedeva, the chief of emergency medicine at the Medical-Sanitary Unit No. 2 in Star City, had been involved in treating the first coronavirus patient at the training site, the Daily Mail reported.
The disease is believed to have spread among health workers linked to the doctor.
Her colleagues said she had faced “accusations from her superiors that she had not taken sufficient measures to ensure the safety of her employees which resulted in the infecting of several health workers,” according to Russian media cited by the newspaper.
Among those who contracted COVID-19 was Olga Minina, head of the hospital where Lebedev worked.
It was unclear whether the “patient zero” had any contact with cosmonauts who have since traveled to the space station.