Reacting to reported plans of the United States to relax entry of medical professionals and workers, Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman urged government to impose a temporary ban on overseas deployment of Filipino healthcare professionals and workers.
Lagman said “patriotism and self-protection” in the wake of the onslaught of the deadly 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are necessary for the Philippines to fight off the pandemic.
The United States reportedly plans to ease up on the entry of medical professionals and workers to lure them to work in its fight against the global contagion.
The United States has now surpassed China with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. A totalof 100,973 of its population is infected while Italy and China have 86,498 and 81,340, respectively, at the latest tally.