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Haiti - Coronavirus : Emergency meeting of Caribbean Health Ministers
02/02/2020 09:30:36

Haiti - Coronavirus : Emergency meeting of Caribbean Health Ministers
Monday, February 3, Health Ministers of the Region will hold an emergency meeting on Chinese coronavirus (2019-nCoV) which the World Health Organization (WHO) has now classified as "public health emergency of international concern". The Minister of Health in Haiti, Dr. Marie Greta Roy Clement is expected to participate in this meeting.

Since the first case of coronavirus originating from the city of Wahun, Hubei Province, in China, detected in December 2019, 14,380 cases have been laboratory confirmed on February 2, 2020 including 167 cases outside of China, in 26 countries : Japan (20), Thailand (19), Singapore (16), Hong Kong (13), South Korea (12), Australia (12), Taiwan (10), Malaysia (8), Germany (8), United States (8), Macau (7), France (6), Vietnam (6), United Arab Emirates (4), Canada (4), Russia (2), United Kingdom (2) , Italy (2), Philippines (1), Spain (1), Sweden (1), Nepal (1), Cambodia (1), Sri Lanka (1), Finland (1) India (1) (Source WHO, Ministry China, Singapore... as of February 2, 2020)

303 deaths have been reported in Wuhan province in China and only one death outside of China, specifically in Philipine concerning a Chinese citizen from Wuhan.

The CARICOM Council for Human and Social Development (Health) meeting on Monday, which will also include other senior health and safety officials, will provide regional updates.

The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the main CARICOM institution for public health issues, has activated its emergency response management team and has worked with regional and international partners in the health to monitor developments and support national response efforts. CARPHA urged CARICOM member states to be vigilant and to intensify surveillance at their points of entry.

While 26 countries around the world have reported cases of coronavirus (all Chinese from Wuhan), Caribbean Community member states (CARICOM) have started to take steps to ensure the impact is minimized in the region https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-29858-haiti-flash-chinese-coronavirus-haiti-is-preparing-and-activating-its-alert-system.html . Monitoring teams have been put in place and other preventive measures have been put in place.

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