A member of a medical team reacts at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan on Wednesday. Reuters
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The Philippines has stopped doctors, nurses, medics and other healthcare 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 prioritise 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 labour agreements covering government-to-government deployment of health workers.
Close to 3,000 violators of the enhanced community quarantine or lockdown imposed have been arrested in just one day and considered the biggest since it was imposed to prevent the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the Philippine National Police (PNP) reported on Friday.
The PNP Joint Task COVID-19 Shield clarified that actually the total number of those arrested stood at 2,996 or just four short of 3,000 for alleged violation of the lockdown rules like curfew and disobedience to authorities.
As a result, the task force reported that the total number of arrested since lockdown or its local version in certain areas soared to more than 100,000 from March 17 to April 9.
It added that Luzon led in the number of violators at 58,051, followed by Mindanao, 23,151 and the Visayas at 18,124.
The agency pointed out it was no surprise that Luzon led the way in the number of arrested violators mainly because President Duterte had ordered the extension of the lockdown to April 30 as recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emeging Infectious Diseases.
Officials and experts said that the female doctors were brought back to the Sindh’s health system through a technology-driven initiative by one of the oldest public sector medical universities in the country, which has so far succeeded in bringing back to the profession over 800 Pakistani lady doctors in different countries.
At least 683,767 have died, according to a Reuters tally published on Sunday, August 2nd. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Monday that metropolitan Manila, the capital region of more than 12 million people, and five densely populated provinces will revert to stricter quarantine restrictions for two weeks starting from Tuesday.
Italy and Spain bore the brunt of the crisis, accounting for three in every four deaths on the continent, as the grim tally hit another milestone even though half of the planet's population is already under some form of lockdown in a battle to halt contagion.
Last month, the government had raised the price of petrol and diesel by 35 PKR per litre each, a couple of days before the scheduled date of revising oil prices, apparently bowing to hoarders rather than taking action against them, The Express Tribune reported.
Heartrending scenes of a newborn plucked alive from the rubble and a broken father clutching his dead daughter's hand have laid bare the human cost of violent earthquakes in Syria and Turkey that by Wednesday had claimed 7,800 lives.
The last two days have brought dramatic rescues, including small children emerging from mounds of debris more than 30 hours after Monday's pre-dawn quake. But there was also widespread despair and growing anger at the slow pace of rescue efforts in some areas.