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CARPHA Situation Update on COVID-19 - 16 March 2020


Summary This is an update to the Situation Report in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19, published on March 13, 2020. On March 11, the WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared the COVID-19 viral outbreak as a pandemic The first case of the disease in the English-Speaking Caribbean was reported in Jamaica on 10 March 2020. To date, the total number of cases total to 74 cases in 19 Caribbean countries/territories to date. 

The risk of further importation of cases to the Caribbean remains Very High. The Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Health Security (RCM-HS), is actively working with Heads of Government and regional partners on a collective approach to the COVID-19 response. Countries are strongly urged to strengthen their health sector response and move to a state of readiness and rapid response. Health authorities in CARPHA Member States (CMS) must be ready to respond to possible importation of cases and subsequent local transmission. They are also encouraged to increase their capacity for surveillance and review their pandemic preparedness plans, as a matter of urgency

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CMLF News Issue #7
27th January 2016