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Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak updates

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.

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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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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.

Agility Recovery
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
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

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