12 March 2020 – Permanent Emergency in Health System declared

Type of Intervention: Advisory, Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Executive Office, Health
Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Declaring state of emergency
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: National Executive-Presidency of the Republic

Overview: Declare permanent emergency in health system to prevent COVID-19

The National Government declared a permanent emergency in the National Public Health System in order to establish mechanisms for the prevention and containment of the coronavirus (COVID-19). It was pointed out that, to date, there have been no positive cases of COVID-19 in the nation, after the timely application of diagnostic tests to around 30 suspected cases of the disease.
Full details here: http://www.mpps.gob.ve/index.php/sala-de-prensa/notnac/337-declaran-emergencia-permanente-en-sistema-de-salud-para-prevenir-la-covid-19

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Learning from other jurisdictions, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Prevention, protection and preparedness measure following WHO guidelines