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Philippines bans medical staff from leaving to work abroad

Demand for Filipino nurses soars, but Manila wants them home for coronavirus fight

Medical workers ride a shuttle bus in Manila: Thousands leave the country every year to work overseas.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines has barred doctors, nurses and a host of other medical professionals from leaving to work overseas, as the country grapples with rising coronavirus cases.

The temporary ban will remain in effect until the national emergency is lifted, the immigration bureau said in a memorandum dated Thursday.

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