Philippines stops health workers going abroad to fight coronavirus

The ban on the deployment of healthcare workers will remain in place until the Philippines ends its state of emergency. (AFP)
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Updated 10 April 2020

Philippines stops health workers going abroad to fight coronavirus

  • Ban will remain in place until the Philippines ends its state of emergency
  • As of Friday, the Philippines had recorded 4,195 cases of coronavirus, with 221 deaths

MANILA: The Philippines has stopped doctors, nurses, medics and other health care workers from going abroad while it needs their skills to meet the threat of the coronavirus spreading at home, a foreign affairs official said.
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration issued the order on April 2, though it was only made public on Friday.
The aim is “to prioritize human resource allocation for the national health care system,” according to the resolution posted on Twitter by Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Brigido Dulay.
The ban will remain in place until the Philippines ends its state of emergency and countries that would hire the medical personnel lift their coronavirus-related travel restrictions.
As of Friday, the Philippines had recorded 4,195 cases of coronavirus, with 221 deaths.
The government has also suspended negotiations for bilateral labor agreements covering government-to-government deployment of health workers.


Philippines reports 1,640 new coronavirus cases

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Philippines reports 1,640 new coronavirus cases

  • The Philippines has the second highest coronavirus tally in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia

MANILA: The Philippines’ health ministry on Tuesday recorded 1,640 new coronavirus infections, the lowest daily increase in infections in four weeks, and 17 additional deaths.
In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases had increased to 360,775, while deaths had reached 6,690, the second highest tallies in Southeast Asia behind Indonesia.