For countries with imported cases and/or outbreaks of COVID-19
- Immediately activate the highest level of national Response Management protocols to ensure the all-of-government and all-of-society approach needed to contain COVID-19 with non-pharmaceutical public health measures;
- Prioritize active, exhaustive case finding and immediate testing and isolation, painstaking contact tracing and rigorous quarantine of close contacts;
- Fully educate the general public on the seriousness of COVID-19 and their role in preventing its spread;
- Immediately expand surveillance to detect COVID-19 transmission chains, by testing all patients with atypical pneumonias, conducting screening in some patients with upper respiratory illnesses and/or recent COVID-19 exposure, and adding testing for the COVID-19 virus to existing surveillance systems (e.g. systems for influenza-like-illness and SARI); and
- Conduct multi-sector scenario planning and simulations for the deployment of even more stringent measures to interrupt transmission chains as needed (e.g. the suspension of large-scale gatherings and the closure of schools and workplaces).
Is Wall Street Behind the Delay in Declaring the Coronavirus Outbreak a “Pandemic”? | Covert Geopolitics
— Read on geopolitics.co/2020/02/27/is-wall-street-behind-the-delay-in-declaring-the-coronavirus-outbreak-a-pandemic/
Iran’s only had 43 deaths as of 2/29/20.
People ― and more of them ― are living much closer together, driving up the risk for an outbreak in a massive urban center. Worldwide travel makes the spread of something like this easier than ever before. And the changing environment ― from different exposure to parts of the world, a general disregard for habitat and continuous climate change ― means humans are seeing things they haven’t faced before, in areas that have never seen them before.
— Read on www.huffpost.com/entry/outbreaks-epidemic-preparedness_n_5b4f85fbe4b0de86f4892daa
Anger over World Bank’s $55m pledge to Guyana’s fossil fuel industry
— Read on www.msn.com/en-xl/finance/topstories/anger-over-world-banks-2455m-pledge-to-guyanas-fossil-fuel-industry/ar-BB10syUE
World’s Biggest New Oil Find Turns Guyana Upside Down – WSJ
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The IMF and the World Bank: How Do They Differ?
— Read on www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/exrp/differ/differ.htm
Sanders vows to legalize marijuana through executive action — and address some concerns about legalization, too.
— Read on www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/10/24/20930422/bernie-sanders-marijuana-legalization-plan
The first of five general elections in the Caribbean Community is set to be held in Guyana next Monday, March 2, with the governing multiracial coalition pitting itself for a second five year term against an Indo-led main opposition party as both fight to control oil revenues that could make the country one of the richest in the hemisphere in less than a decade.
— Read on amsterdamnews.com/news/2020/feb/27/guyana-votes/
Officials are instructed to seek approval from vice president’s office on public comments
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Trump warns against panic amid news of first U.S. coronavirus death – POLITICO
— Read on www.politico.com/news/2020/02/29/coronavirus-lab-tests-fda-118316