The United States government has asked medical professionals around the world who want to work in America to reach out for visa appointments as the country struggles to contain the spread of the coronavirus within its territory.
USA in a statement said those interested could reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment.
The USA in a statement said those interested should reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment
“We encourage medical professionals seeking to work in the United States on a work or exchange visitor, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment,” the statement read.
The US government also extended visas for medical professionals in the country. It laid out the guidelines on how foreign medical professionals already in the United States could extend their programs.
This decision taken by the USA comes as the country overtook China as the country with the highest number of novel coronavirus patients anywhere in the world.
Reports say the U.S. has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than any country in the world, surpassing China, where the pandemic began.
There are now more than 85,000 cases in America and nearly 1,300 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. China was second with 81,285 cases, and Italy was third with 80,539 cases.
Experts in America say this is just the beginning as the numbers may rise further.
New research on Thursday, March 26 estimated Covid-19-related deaths in the U.S could top 80,000 over the coming four months.
As many as 2,300 patients could be dying every day by April, according to the study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine.
Vice-President Mike Pence at a recent news conference said coronavirus tests were now available in all 50 states and more than 552,000 tests had been conducted nationwide.
Over 120,000 people worldwide have recovered from COVID-19, while more than 23,000 people have died.