US seeks medical staff abroad to combat coronavirus

President Trump has halted US green card

The US Department of State announced on Thursday night that it is looking to hire international medical staff to handle the increasing number of coronavirus cases.

“We encourage medical professionals seeking work in the US on a work or exchange visitor visa (H or J), particularly those working on #COVID19 issues, to contact the nearest US Embassy/ Consulate for a visa appointment,” a tweet by the Bureau of Consular Affairs said.

The US is now the coronavirus infection capital of the world, after surpassing China and Italy last night, with 85,991 confirmed cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19 were encouraged to reach out to the nearest US embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment, the statement added.

The State Department also urged foreign medical professionals already in the US to take necessary steps to extend their stay.

“J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their program sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programs in the United States … Note that the expiration date on a U.S. visa does not determine how long one can be in the United States,” the statement said.

The data by Johns Hopkins shows the US is followed by China with 81,782 cases and Italy with 80,589.

The worldwide total since last December has surpassed 532,000, which includes over 24,000 deaths and more than 122,000 recoveries.

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