The Philippines is easing a ban on overseas deployment of health workers, allowing those with existing contracts abroad to leave, according to Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin.
"Further applications frozen until further notice,” Locsin said on his official Twitter account.
The Philippines, which sends thousands of medical practitioners to work overseas, had barred doctors, nurses and other health workers from leaving for overseas work to reinforce its healthcare system amid the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
The Philippines reported on Monday 284 new infections from Covid-19, bringing the total number of the cases in the country to 4,932. The Department of Health also reported in its daily bulletin that 18 more Covid-19 patients have died, bringing the death toll from the virus to 315.
Forty-five more patients have recovered from the disease, the highest recorded so far, bringing the total recoveries to 242. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said in a nationally televised media briefing that the DOH would start on Tuesday an expanded and targeted mass testing for the disease.
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