04 February 2020 – Government establishes the International Sanitary Office and appoints reference laboratory

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health
Intervention Categories: Surveillance and response measures; Detecting and isolating cases; Planning and strategy
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: National Government and Ministry of Health

Overview: The National Government deepens the epidemiological fence to detect possible cases of Coronavirus, installing the International Sanitary Office and designating the Rafael Rangel National Institute of Hygiene as a national reference laboratory for conducting COVID-19 detection tests.
Full details here: http://www.mpps.gob.ve/index.php/sala-de-prensa/notnac/277-gobierno-bolivariano-profundiza-cerco-epidemiologico-contra-coronavirus

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Learning from other jurisdictions
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: The measure is taken based on the fact that COVID-19 has been around to date as a public health emergency of international importance.