I. Purpose of the Guidance
This document has been developed to guide countries in the region on areas of work and their related priority actions, to scale up their preparedness and operational readiness capacities to prevent, early detect, and rapidly respond to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as required under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005). Existing national plans such as pandemic influenza plan or other respiratory disease plan can be used as a reference.
The true extent of 2019-nCoV remains unclear as events continue to unfold. This is a rapidly evolving situation and investigations are ongoing to learn more. Additional actions might be recommended accordingly.
II. Background and Situation Analysis
Coronaviruses are zoonotic viruses that circulate amongst animals. Some have been identified in humans, causing illness ranging from mild cold symptoms to severe illness.
On 31 December 2019, the WHO received notification of a significant number of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, China. On 7 January 2020, Chinese authorities confirmed that the identified virus and causative agent was a coronavirus (2019-nCoV). While severe illness, including illness resulting…
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