Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak updates
- Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 February 2020 17:50
- Published: Monday, 03 February 2020 09:56
This Continuity Central resource page will be regularly updated with the latest news and resources related to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has been designated as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization.
The first incidents of COVID-19 were reported on 31 December 2019 in casualties from Wuhan, China. Since then the disease has spread rapidly and, although Wuhan remains the epicentre, cases have been reported in multiple locations around the world. On 30th January 2020 the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 as a PHEIC and recommended various steps that governments should take in response.
On 11th February WHO announced that it had decided to rename the novel coronavirus as COVID-19 rather than the previously announced name of 2019-nCoV. COVID-19 is short for short for 'coronavirus disease 2019'. Items in this update page from 11th February onwards will use the new nomenclature.
- Read the WHO Statement on the PHEIC decision
- Read WHO updates on the 2019-nCoV outbreak
- Read the latest WHO sitrep
Recent news updates
|Based on the evidence currently available about COVID-19, WHO has developed guidance documents for managing public health events at Points of Entry and mass gatherings. More details|
|The UN has activated a Crisis Management Team (CMT) on the COVID-19 outbreak, to be led by WHO. The WHO Director-General nominated Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme as the Crisis Manager. The CMT brings together WHO, OCHA, IMO (International Maritime Organization), UNICEF, ICAO, WFP, FAO, the World Bank and several departments of the UN Secretariat. It held its first meeting on 11th February via teleconference. This mechanism will help WHO focus on the health response while the other agencies will bring their expertise to bear on the wider social, economic and developmental implications of the outbreak. Additional members will be included depending on the evolution of the outbreak and its impact globally. Source: WHO|
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- Breakthrough in coronavirus research results in new map to support vaccine design
- Guidance on the Rights, Roles and Responsibilities Of Health Workers, Including Key Considerations For Occupational Safety And Health
- WHO has developed a database to collect the latest scientific findings and knowledge on Coronavirus disease
- Key considerations for repatriation and quarantine of travellers in relation to the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV: WHO
- World experts and funders set priorities for COVID-19 research: WHO
- Hong Kong banks compare pandemic stress test with epidemic reality: Reuters
- Mobile World Congress in Barcelona canceled due to COVID-19: statement
- MAS advises financial institutions to adopt recommended measures for DORSCON Orange: MAS is closely monitoring the 2019-nCoV situation and remains engaged with financial institutions to ensure that appropriate business continuity plans are in place
- UK Secretary of State declares that the incidence or transmission of novel Coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health
- Online training as a weapon to fight the new coronavirus: WHO
- US$675 million needed for new coronavirus preparedness and response global plan: WHO
- WHO to accelerate research and innovation for new coronavirus
- Coronavirus and travel to China: UK Foreign Secretary's statement
- DHS Issues Supplemental Instructions For Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China
- Coronavirus: MEPs to debate EU’s response to outbreak
- Coronavirus emergency: here's what we know so far: UN
- Coronavirus public information campaign launched across the UK
- £20m announced to fund vaccines for coronavirus and other infectious diseases: UK Government
Continuity Central news and resources
- To slow a disease outbreak, focus on handwashing confirms new study
A new study estimates that improving the rates of handwashing by people passing through just 10 of the world's leading airports could significantly reduce the spread of many infectious diseases. And the greater the improvement in people's handwashing habits at airports, the more dramatic the effect on slowing the disease, the researchers found.
- Early spread of 2019-nCoV was far greater than reported say University researchers
Infectious disease researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and other institutions in Hong Kong, mainland China and France have concluded that there is a high probability that the 2019-nCoV coronavirus spread beyond Wuhan and other quarantined cities before Chinese officials were able to put a quarantine in place.
- Business continuity management advice relating to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak
In this resource page Continuity Central is collecting advice issued by business continuity consultancies around the world concerning actions that organizations can be taking in response to the 2019-nCoV outbreak.
- 2019-nCoV Coronavirus: assessing risk and planning initiatives
Geary Sikich looks at lessons learned from the 2006 avian flu pandemic scare, and provides pointers for activities that risk managers and business continuity managers could be considering currently.
- 100 years on from the 1918 flu pandemic: what lessons can be learned?
With flu season nearly upon us, a new study looks at the factors behind the extremely high mortality of the 1918 flu pandemic and how to prepare for future pandemics.
- What Businesses Can Do in Response to the Coronavirus - Chloe Demrovsky, DRI President and CEO
- Coronavirus: Q&A for British nationals in China
- Business continuity challenges and considerations for the 2019 novel coronavirus – Reuters
- Why We Are So Ill-Prepared for A Possible Pandemic Like Coronavirus: Time
- Considerations for business and risk managers during the Coronavirus outbreak: the IRM
- 'Show your contingency plans' - how firms should respond to coronavirus: PRWeek
- Guide on Business Continuity Planning for Wuhan Coronavirus... Enterprise Singapore
- How should brands handle their comms during the coronavirus crisis? PRWeek
- Pandemic Resilience – A Continuity Perspective... BCI
- Emergency preparedness, resilience and response to a biological outbreak... Academic Paper
Everbridge has announced that the company has introduced a new specialized risk intelligence package to assist organizations with managing the impact of the coronavirus on their people, assets, customers, facilities, supply chains, and brand. The new data feed works directly with the company’s CEM platform. The new, specialized threat data feed tracks developments related to the virus, including health-related incidents and bulletins, airport closures, transportation delays, movement restrictions, and manufacturing disruptions. The feed combines thousands of verified data sources with review by an experienced team of analysts to create a continually updated stream of validated information, and directly integrates into Everbridge’s CEM platform so security, business continuity, emergency management, and supply chain teams can visually see on a “single pane of glass” how new developments may impact their employees, travelers, residents, facilities, suppliers, and distribution routes. https://www.everbridge.com/platform/critical-event-management/
Agility Recovery has developed a Coronavirus Preparedness Resource Kit which covers the immediate steps to take when preparing for a viral outbreak. More details here.
Crisis Solutions has put together a free pandemic planner which allows you to assess the impact that prolonged illness could have on your organization.The application allows those involved in business continuity and crisis management to run various models of disease mortality, clinical attack and hospitalisation rates to understand how this aﬀects your critical workforce. PandemicPlanner2020 can be downloaded at https://www.crisis-solutions.com/resources