24 January 2020 – National reference laboratory designated for testing COVID-19 samples

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

Overview: The National Institute of Hygiene Rafael Rangel is designated as a center for the diagnosis of the COVID-19 virus in Venezuela. In the 24 states where suspected cases are detected, samples will be taken and transferred to this national reference laboratory in the city of Caracas.

Full details here: https://twitter.com/INHRR_Vzla/status/1221213180703248384

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report)
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: Following recommendations of the World Health Organization after the meeting of the Health Regulations Emergency Committee
International for pneumonia due to the new coronavirus nCoV-2019, held on 22 and 23 of
January 2020, The Government affirming that all countries must be prepared for containment, including National, takes active surveillance measures for early detection, isolation and case management