Filipino Health Minister Francisco Duque this Friday appealed to the “patriotism” of health workers to redouble their efforts in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, which he directly referred to as “World War II”.
“We face a serious fight. It’s ‘World War Z,'” he said in a webinar with health professionals, referring to the film which, according to the Philippine network ABS-CBN, is a zombie apocalypse due to the spread of a virus represents.
Duque has appealed to the “sense of patriotism” of health workers to align with government strategy. “We are at war, we have to agree,” he said.
Rodrigo Duterte’s health workers and government have carried out several clashes in recent months. The Philippine College of Physicians even issued a statement asking the president for a global strategy against the pandemic and ordering a return to custody in Metro Manila by then.