US overtakes China, Italy in coronavirus cases, asks medical professionals to reach out for work visas  

US overtakes China, Italy in coronavirus cases, asks medical professionals to reach out for work visas  

The United States on Thursday is now the country with the most coronavirus infections and reported a record surge in unemployment as world leaders vow

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The United States on Thursday is now the country with the most coronavirus infections and reported a record surge in unemployment as world leaders vowed $5 trillion to stave off global economic collapse, TheCable is reporting.

More than 500,000 people around the world have now contracted the new coronavirus, overwhelming healthcare systems even in wealthy nations and triggering an avalanche of government-ordered lockdowns that have disrupted life for billions.

In the United States, more than 83,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, edging out Italy, which has reported the most deaths, and China, where the virus was first detected in December in the metropolis of Wuhan.

The US has so far recorded 1,178 deaths, while the global death toll is at 23,293. With about 40 percent of Americans under lockdown orders.

Meanwhile, the country has asked medical professionals around the world who want to work in America to reach out for 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 US is also extending visas for medical professionals in the country.
“For those foreign medical professionals already in the United States: J-1 Alien Physicians (medical residents) may consult with their program sponsor, ECFMG, to extend their programs in the United States. Generally, a J-1 program for a foreign medical resident can be extended one year at a time for up to seven years. Note that the expiration date on a U.S. visa does not determine how long one can be in the United States.”

According to various sources, 77 percent of black doctors in the US are Nigerians.