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Yoshitake Yokokura, president of the Japan Medical Association, said rumors and criticism could hurt doctors and “lead to a collapse of the medical system”.Public campaigns calling for support for heroic doctors and nurses have gained momentum in many countries, and the World Health Organization has said their safety is paramount.

But there was no hero treatment last week for one hospital in Mariveles in the Philippines, where residents put up barricades to contain staff following the announcement that a patient with coronavirus symptoms had died.The hospital’s director, Lou Evangelista, now has skeleton staff because workers are petrified.

“They think we are contagious”, she told a radio station.

“We are being bashed on social media.We are being threatened not to go out.

”Additional reporting James Peason in Hanoi, Ed Davies in Sydney, Elaine Lies in Tokyo, John Geddie in Singapore and the Yangon bureau; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Nick MacfieOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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