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More than 200 medical professionals volunteer to help Daegu contain the massive COVID-19 outbreak Updated: 2020-02-27 07:05:56 KST

Doctors and nurses from all across South Korea are heading to the southeastern city of Daegu to help test the large number of people there who might be infected.
The Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters said on Wednesday that it's been recruiting volunteers since Monday.
And as of Wednesday morning, more than 200 medical professionals have signed up to help people in Daegu get diagnosed and treated faster.

"A total of 205 people have applied as of 9 AM Wednesday morning, including 11 doctors, 100 nurses, 32 nurse assistants, 22 medical laboratory scientists and 40 administrative staffs."

The headquarters thanked the volunteers for their commitment to the community, and promised to compensate those who sustain financial losses from closing their own clinics.
The headquarters also asked for more volunteers, adding that any medical professionals who wish to volunteer can refer to the official website of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, or call 044-202-3247.

The announcement comes a day after the president of the Daegu Medical Association, Lee Seong-koo, asked doctors near Daegu to help.
He sent a message Tuesday to 5,7-hundred medical professionals and members of the association.
He said that Daegu has a serious shortage of workers for the growing number of patients and people in need of testing.
Kim Jae-hee, Arirang News.
Reporter : jhee@arirang.com
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