- The US State Department is looking to hire international medical staff to handle the increasing number of coronavirus cases
- This is after the United States took the grim title of the country with the most coronavirus infections
- Particularly those working to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 were encouraged to a visa appointment
- The department also urged foreign medical professionals already in the U.S. to take necessary steps to extend their stay
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The United States (US) Department of State has announced that it is looking to hire international medical staff to handle the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the country.
The announcement made on Thursday, March 26, indicated particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
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A Tweet shared by the Bureau of Consular Affairs.encouraged the medics to reach out to the nearest US embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.
“We encourage medical professionals seeking work in the U.S. on a work or exchange visitor visa (H or J), particularly those working on COVID19 issues," read the tweet.
"Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a visa appointment,” the tweet read on.
Foreign medical professionals who are already in the US were asked to consult with their program sponsors and take the necessary steps to extend their stay in the country.
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"J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their program sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programs in the United States," it said.
"Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years," it added.
The department further noted that the expiration date on the U.S. visa did not determine how long one can be in the United States.
The U.S. is now the epicentre of coronavirus after surpassing China and Italy with 85,991 confirmed cases, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The data by the university shows the U.S. is followed by China with 81,782 cases and Italy with 80,589.
Over half the U.S. population is now under some form of lockdown as authorities nationwide seek to stem outbreaks.
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Birmingham, Alabama, and Charlotte, North Carolina have become the latest major U.S. cities to order residents to stay indoors.
New York State alone accounted for more than 30,000 cases and close to 300 deaths, most occurring in New York City.
The worldwide total number of recorded cases since the disease was reported in December 2019, has surpassed 532,000, which includes over 24,000 deaths and more than 122,000 recoveries.
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