NGC and its CoViD-19 Response

NGC’s role in navigating the current pandemic.

Videos

Coronavirus Testing #JAMALive

Coronavirus Testing #JAMALive

Coronavirus testing will help countries manage COVID-19 but will raise questions about how to counsel patients about their test results. The CDC’s Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases Jay Butler talks with JAMA Editor Howard Bauchner about what to advise healthy patients with positive tests, sick patients with negative test results, and more.

Topics covered in this interview:

What’s the most common test that’s currently available? (1:40)

Positive predictive value (PPV) of COVID-19 tests (2:29)

Data on sensitivity (3:05)

Do patients test positive early in the course of the disease when they are exhibiting a few minor symptoms like runny nose or cough? (4:03)

Is the expectation that if someone has symptoms, they’re likely to have a positive test? (4:50)

If someone with a runny nose, cough, fever tests negative, can they come back to work? (5:44)

If someone tests positive, how long should they stay home and when can they go back to work? (7:10)

Is there a minimum time period someone should be out of work or should they be relying on a negative test result? (9:59)

If someone tests negative, can they still shed the SARS-CoV-2 virus? (11:08)

What’s the recommendation about who should and shouldn’t be tested? (12:26)

Are any of the recommendations different for health care workers? (13:43)

Do health care workers, who previously tested positive, need to wait for a negative test before returning to work? (15:00)

What do we know about reinfection? (16:04)

Any new data on why younger children seem to be at low risk for the disease? (17:38)

What are the risks for women who are pregnant? (20:07)

What are the recommendations for health care workers who are pregnant? (21:08)

Can you talk about limiting the size of social gatherings? Where did the 50 person limit come from? (21:40)

The importance of community mitigation (24:00)

Any updates on treatments or therapies? Any updates on the use of NSAIDs? (25:53)

Any concerns about supply chain issues with regards to reagents for the tests? (27:41)

How viable is the virus on various surfaces? (29:16)

Any concerns patients taking ACE inhibitors and ARBs? (30:59)

General recommendations for people who are sick (32:03)

Can you summarize the current recommendations for people who test positive? (33:16)

The next two weeks are critical. Do you think we’ll flatten the curve? (34:52)

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Coronavirus in Italy – Report From The Front Lines #JAMALive

Coronavirus in Italy – Report From The Front Lines #JAMALive

Physicians in Lombardy, Italy, have been overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients requiring critical care. Based on an existing ECMO center network they developed an ICU network to rapidly identify, triage, and manage patients infected with SARS-2-CoV. Maurizio Cecconi, MD, of Humanitas University in Milan discusses the region’s approach to the surge, including clinical and supply management, health care worker training and protection, and ventilation strategies, with JAMA Editor Howard Bauchner.

Read the report of Dr Cecconi’s experience at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2763188

Topics covered in this video:

Where is Lombardy in Italy and why is it unique? (2:22)

COVID-19 cases and case-fatality rates in Italy to date (3:45)

What happened after the first patient tested positive? (4:45)

How did you reorganize your intensive care services as cases increased? (6:52)

How many critical care beds were available the first week? (8:54)

How many ICU beds were you able to add as cases surged? (10:10)

How does your experience match China’s? (10:57)

Have there been infected children? (12:50)

Are the younger patients (30-40 yo) doing well after receiving treatment? (14:51)

Have you created separate ICUs for COVID-19 patients? (15:47)

How are you protecting health care personnel? (17:20)

Are health care workers allowed to go home? (20:36)

Are you making painful triage decisions? (21:30)

Are you seeing non-respiratory manifestations of disease? (22:52)

Are you using therapies besides traditional approaches to respiratory failure? (24:50)

Have you seen any cases of reinfection? (26:58)

What are your recommendations for the United States? (28:10)

How do the case #s in Lombardy compare to cases in the rest of Italy? (29:49)

Are you attempting noninvasive ventilation in less severe cases? (31:07)

When you go home, how are you protecting your family? (33:30)

Streamed on Friday, March 13 at 08:00 Central US Time (GMT-5).

#Covid_19 #SARSCoV2 #coronavirus

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Joe Rogan Experience #1439 – Michael Osterholm

Joe Rogan Experience #1439 – Michael Osterholm

Michael Osterholm is an internationally recognized expert in infectious disease epidemiology. He is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota. Look for his book “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Deadly Germs” for more info. https://amzn.to/2IAzeLe
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Coronavirus Update with Anthony Fauci, MD – March 2020 #JAMALive

Coronavirus Update with Anthony Fauci, MD – March 2020 #JAMALive

Coronavirus testing, mortality, vaccine development, containment vs mitigation, and more. Click show more for a complete list of topics discussed in this video. Anthony Fauci discusses the latest developments in the global spread of COVID-19 and the SARS-CoV-2 virus with JAMA Editor Howard Bauchner. #Covid_19 #SARSCoV2 #coronavirus

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– What’s the difference between COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2? (01:15)

– What’s the status and accuracy of diagnostic testing in the US? (01:58)

– What’s the case-fatality rate for the virus? (05:31)

– Scientific advances and vaccine development (25:06)

– Are current clinical trials providing a picture of treatments? (13:41)

– Risk communication: how do we present information so there’s faith that it’s accurate? (15:24)

– Risk groups (children, the elderly, pregnant women) (16:26)

– Containment vs mitigation vs quarantine vs isolation (19:10)

– Protecting the elderly and nursing home resident (23:52)

– Public health prospects in Latin America, Africa (26:35)

– Will coronavirus wane in warmer months like influenza? (27:52)

– Why is anxiety so high about this disease?

– Does the US have capacity to care for COVID19 infection? (31:03)

– What is your daily schedule like? (32:23)

Visit JAMA’s Resource Center at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/pages/coronavirus-alert for updated information.

Healthcare Systems Preparedness for COVID-19

Healthcare Systems Preparedness for COVID-19

CDC experts provide an overview of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, how health systems can prepare, and strategies for optimizing N95 supply. View the presentation slides at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/videos/coronavirus/COVID-19-webinar.pdf.

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

What do you know about the novel Coronavirus that is causing a health emergency?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

Watch this short video to find out more.

Further resources are available online here:
https://openwho.org/courses/introduction-to-ncov
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

and learn about OpenWHO, WHO’s new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies here: https://openwho.org/

28th March, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #54 (Ministry of Health)

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global CoViD-19 outbreak, The Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard. Thus, as of the morning of Saturday 28th March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

  • Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for CoViD-19 = 500
  • Number of samples which have tested positive = 76
  • Number of deaths = 3
  • Number of persons discharged = 1

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #54 (Ministry of Health) [JPG]


Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #53 (Ministry of Health)

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global CoViD-19 outbreak, The Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard. Thus, as of the morning of Saturday 28th March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

  • Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for CoViD-19 = 487
  • Number of samples which have tested positive = 74
  • Number of deaths = 2
  • Number of persons discharged = 1

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #53 (Ministry of Health) [JPG]

25th March, 2020

Media Release: Death of a CoViD-19-Positive Patient (Ministry of Health)

“It is with great sadness that I announce that a patient from Trinidad and Tobago who tested positive for CoViD-19 unfortunately died today, Wednesday 25th March 2020. I offer my sincene condolences to the family and loved ones of the patient.

“The patient was an elderly male with a pre-existing medical condition.

“In deference to the feelings of the family, The Ministry of Health delayed the public release of this information so that the family would have ample time to receive and process the information.”

—The Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, Trinidad and Tobago

Read More: Media Release: Death of a CoViD-19-Positive Patient (Ministry of Health) [JPG]


Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #47 (Ministry of Health)

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global CoViD-19 outbreak, The Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard. Thus, as of the morning of Wednesday 25th March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

  • Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for CoViD-19 = 370
  • Number of samples which have tested positive = 60

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #45 [JPG]

24th March, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #45 (Ministry of Health)

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global CoViD-19 outbreak, The Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard. Thus, as of the morning of Tuesday 24th March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

  • Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for CoViD-19 = 332
  • Number of samples which have tested positive = 53

Two additional persons have tested positive for CoViD-19. One of these persons has a history of recent travel. This person was isolated immediately upon disembarking the aircraft at the ANR Robinson International Airport and is being treated in isolation in Scarborough, Tobago. Contact tracing was initiated. The second new case is a primary contact of an existing recently imported case.

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #45 [JPG]


CoViD-19 Report: Third Edition (Rystad Energy)

In this edition of Rystad Energy’s Covid-19 Report, we now use an updated model which leverages data from 196 nations through 23 March. As such, our simulations now show the estimated true number of people infected globally. The calibration gives the highest priority to the “hardest data” which is fatalities, weighing ICU bed usage as the second key metric and actual reported cases as the third key metric.

These factors allow us to estimate the true number of infected cases at the regional and country level, as well as the share of cases reported.

Overall figures currently show that 2.4 million people were infected globally as of 5 March, explaining the 16,500 confirmed fatalities witnessed as of 23 March (0.63%). This number had grown to 6.5 million infected people by 23 March, and we expect will continue to grow to 19 million people by the end of April if current strict quarantine measures are maintained, which is the base assumption in our models. If quarantines are not maintained and the virus is allowed to spread uncontrolled, this number may rise to an astonishing 1.3 billion infected people by the end of April.

As discussed in the previous report, we expect governments will use a strategy aimed at “managing the virus” through various levels of quarantines in order to avoid exceeding Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity. With the implementation of these social distancing measures, we expect governments will aim to lengthen the spread and impact of the virus over 12 to 18 months in most countries. Oil demand will see a larger drop than ever before in the history of oil.

Read More: CoViD-19 Report: Third Edition (Rystad Energy) [PDF]


The Science Behind the Coronavirus (LA Times)

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, the executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times, offers an overview of our special series, The Science Behind the Coronavirus. In this introduction, Soon-Shiong (MD, MBBCh, MSc, FRCS (C), FACS) proposes that understanding how the virus infects our bodies and strategies toward treatment can help us allay our anxiety about it. Soon-Shiong is a surgeon and scientist who has spent his career studying the human immune system to fight cancer and infectious diseases. He is also the chairman and CEO of NantWorks and the owner of or investor in a number of companies, including ImmunityBio and NantKwest which are currently researching immunotherapies for COVID-19.

Watch on Youtube: The Science Behind the Coronavirus


Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #43 (Ministry of Health)

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global CoViD-19 outbreak, The Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard. Thus, as of the morning of Monday 23rd March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

  • Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for CoViD-19 = 311
  • Number of samples which have tested positive = 51

The Ministry provides the following update: Forty-one of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise. Additionally, all fifty-one cases had a history of recent travel. The Ministry of Health confirms that all positive CoViD-19 cases thus far have been imported.

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #43 [JPG]

23rd March, 2020

CoViD-19: What it Means for the Energy Industry (PwC)

The energy sector has already felt the impacts of the coronavirus. The outbreak has contributed to a dampened demand for oil, resulting in plummeting oil prices and production declines, especially in the wake of the Russia-OPEC price war. As we move forward, then, the energy sector expects to face two headwinds: managing the issues of the health emergency all sectors face, and simultaneously coping with a low oil-price scenario, lower demand and the need to shore up revenue and manage debt obligations.

Typical contingency plans enable operational effectiveness following events like natural disasters, cyber incidents and power outages, among others. They don’t generally take into account the widespread quarantines, extended school closures and added travel restrictions that may occur in the case of a health emergency, such as CoViD-19.

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22nd March, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #41 (Ministry of Health)

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global CoViD-19 outbreak, The Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard. Thus, as of the morning of Sunday 22nd March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

  • Number of samples submitted to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing for CoViD-19 = 298
  • Number of samples which have tested positive = 50

It should be noted that 40 of these positive cases came from the group of nationals who recently returned from a cruise. The fact remains that all positive CoViD-19 cases, thus far, have been imported.

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 Update #41 [JPG]


Coronavirus: A Visual Guide to the Pandemic (bbc.com)

More than 80,000 people in China have been diagnosed with the infection since its emergence in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province, in December—although its exact source has not yet been identified. But there are now more than 215,000 confirmed cases outside China, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University. The WHO said it took more than three months to reach the first 100,000 confirmed cases worldwide, but only 12 days to reach the next 100,000.

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Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction (cnn.com)

Join CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta for the latest news about the coronavirus. He’ll make sense of the headlines, speak with the experts and give you all the information you need to stay safe and healthy.

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21st March, 2020

Coronavirus: A Visual Guide to the Economic Impact (bbc.com)

The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has infected more than 200,000 people. Its spread has left businesses around the world counting costs. Here is a selection of maps and charts to help you understand the economic impact of the virus so far.

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19th March, 2020

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for CoViD-19 (OSHA)

“To reduce the impact of CoViD-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for CoViD-19. For employers who have already planned for influenza pandemics, planning for CoViD-19 may involve updating plans to address the specific exposure risks, sources of exposure, routes of transmission, and other unique characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 (i.e., compared to pandemic influenza viruses). Employers who have not prepared for pandemic events should prepare themselves and their workers as far in advance as possible of potentially worsening outbreak conditions. Lack of continuity planning can result in a cascade of failures as employers attempt to address challenges of CoViD-19 with insufficient resources and workers who might not be adequately trained for jobs they may have to perform under pandemic conditions.”

Download: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for CoViD-19 (OSHA) [PDF]


NGC initiates Business Continuity Plan (BCP)

In response to the CoViD-19 virus, NGC Group has taken the lead in operationalising its Business Continuity Plan (BCP) to circumvent the potential threat of the virus to its operations and by extension, our stakeholders and the country. NGC’s BCP was developed in alignment with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and is focused on employee safety and operational fidelity across its group of companies. The BCP was activated on Jan 26 2020, and initial activities focused on raising the level of awareness of its employees around CoViD-19 via signage throughout our facilities; through daily HSSE email alerts; the hosting of an all employee town hall with the company’s doctor, which was streamed to desktops. NGC Group also increased sanitization of the workplace and placed hand sanitizers in all public spaces. Strict travel restrictions were immediately implemented with further travel declarations mandated consistent with guidance provided by the Ministry of Health.

Following the Government’s announcement regarding the institutionalization of pandemic leave and updates of confirmed CoViD-19 cases, NGC activated the following measures from its BCP:

  • Gas to power assurance: The Company has taken its critical role in supply to power very seriously and has ensured that an uninterrupted gas supply is maintained so that T&TEC can maintain normal operations. NGC’s upstream partners and gas suppliers are maintaining normal gas supply and no downtime is scheduled for our downstream customers. Downstream consumers have not indicated any plans to curtail operations. NGC will also continue to communicate its BCP to ensure that there is integration with upstream suppliers, downstream customers and other key stakeholders such as suppliers during this pandemic.
  • Communications: NGC has reorganised its website to facilitate consistent information sharing from reliable sources and posts these on its website and social media platforms. This includes daily updates and a real time tracker system so that visitors to the website can see what the national and global response to CoViD-19 is. Employees continue to receive daily email blasts utilising WHO information, MOH information, BCP recommendations and HSSE notices. NGC has started to provide regular updates to PLEA and ODPM on business continuity planning with suppliers, downstream customers and Utilities and other critical services. It will also support media houses in its programming to keep the wider public informed.

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18th March, 2020

Work from Home Arrangement

This is to advise that effective Wednesday 18th March 2020, The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) has implemented a Work from Home arrangement for non-essential employees for a period of fourteen (14) days. This period should end on March 31st 2020.

The following arrangements have been put in place to ensure business continuity:

  • Critical technical services related to NGC’s control room, gas supply reliability for power generation, pet chem and manufacturing sectors and pipeline-related functions will remain operational to maintain our core business operations and customer obligations.
  • Supply Chain Management which includes procurement and goods delivery will continue operations to facilitate regular and emergency matters that may arise; as well as the receipt of tenders etc.
  • Security officers at all our locations will be available 24-7 to interact with the public and provide guidance where necessary, either via telephone system or in person calls.
  • Our 800-4GAS number remains available 24 hours to report any emergencies.

These measures are in keeping with NGC’s recognition that in employing measures to manage the spread of the CoViD-19 virus, we have an obligation to ensure that the wider national community is least impacted.

Instructions: ‘Getting Ready to Work from Home’ [PDF]


Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update #34

The Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago, advises the population of two new confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CoViD-19). One patient is a male and the other a female.

Both of the persons who have tested positive for CoViD-19 have recent travel histories. The cases are unrelated.

Currently, in total, nine persons have tested positive for CoViD-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.>

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update #34 [JPG]


Sixty-Eight Nationals Quarantined Immediately After Returning from Cruise

The Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago, advises the public that sixty-eight (68) nationals who returned to Trinidad and Tobago from a Caribbean cruise today, were placed under immediate quarantine. These nationals have been quarantined due to the presence of other persons on the cruise ship who tested positive for CoViD-19. None of these Trinidad and Tobago nationals have tested positve for CoViD-19 at this time.

Read More: Sixty-Eight Nationals Quarantined Immediately After Returning from Cruise [JPG]

17th March, 2020

CoViD-19 Situation Report #57

  • 8 new countries/territories/areas (African Region [3], Eastern Mediterranean Region [1], Region of the Americas [3], and Western Pacific Region [1]) in have reported cases of CoViD-19 in the past 24 hours.
  • As the on-going CoViD-19 pandemic continues to develop, WHO is committed to working together with the travel, transport and tourism sectors on emergency preparedness and response.
  • OpenWHO is an interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering free online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. CoViD-19 resources are available in the official WHO languages here and in additional national languages here. The OpenWHO team is continuing to work with WHO Country Offices, public health institutes and educational entities who have offered voluntary translation support to help localize the response efforts. Resources in the pipeline include courses in Hindi and Macedonian.

Download: CoViD-19 Situation Report #57 [PDF]


NGC Visitor Safety Induction Brief—CoViD-19

Download: NGC Visitor Safety Brief—CoViD-19 [PDF]


Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update #31

The Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago, advises the population of two new confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CoViD-19).

Thus, in total, seven persons have tested positive for CoViD-19 in Trinidad and Tobago.

All positive CoViD-19 cases, thus far, have been imported.

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update #31 [JPG]

16th March, 2020

CoViD-19 Situation Report #56

  • Four new countries/territories/areas (African Region [2], European Region [1] and Region of the Americas [1]) in have reported cases of CoViD-19 in the past 24 hours.
  • The total number of cases and deaths outside China has overtaken the total number of cases in China. From today, total cases from China will no longer be featured separately.
  • The WHO CoViD-19 Incident Management Team is working closely with partners across all levels to provide support to countries, strengthen technical and operational networking and collaboration, and support operational coordination of the global response.
  • Two new technical guidance documents were published today: Critical preparedness, readiness and response actions for CoViD-19 and Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Action Plan Guidance.

Download: CoViD-19 Situation Report #56 [PDF]

13th March, 2020

CoViD-19 Situation Report #53

  • Five new countries/territories/areas (Jersey, Réunion, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Cuba and Guyana) have reported cases of CoViD-19 in the past 24 hours.
  • The WHO, UN Foundation and partners launched a first-of-its-kind CoViD-19 Solidarity Response Fund today. The fund will raise money from a wide range of donors to support the work of the WHO and partners to help countries respond to the CoViD-19 pandemic.
  • Since the onset of the CoViD-19 outbreak, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) has been a major factor in preventive and mitigation measures. To ensure evidence-based quality guidance and prompt response to global demand, WHO convened a WHO Health Emergencies Programme Experts Advisory Panel for IPC.
  • A team of experts from WHO, Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network partners, the Robert Koch Institute in Germany and the Chinese Center for Disease Control concluded a technical support mission on CoViD-19 to Iran on 10 March 2020. During the team’s mission in Iran, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME) launched a national campaign to control CoViD-19.

Download: CoViD-19 Situation Report #53 [PDF]


Understanding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CoViD-19)

On 11th March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) characterized CoViD-19 as a pandemic.

The NGC Group of Companies held and awareness session for employees on ‘Understanding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (CoViD-19)’. The session was held in NGC’s Employee Centre on Friday 13th March 2020 at 11:00 am. The session was streamed live on the digital screens throughout the companies.

Presenter was Medical Advisor, NGCTT Dr. Ishvan Ramcharitar MBBS, FFOM, MSc.Occ Med., DMAC2d. Some areas covered in his presentation were: what is it – CoViD-19?, background, distribution of cases globally, transmission, incubation period, severity, treatment and outcome.

In addition to live questions, employees at all locations were encouraged to ask questions electronically via Slido.


Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update #20

As part of the national drive to safeguard the health of the Trinidad and Tobago population in the face of the global CoViD-19 outbreak, The Ministry of Health continues to provide up-to-date information on the country’s status in this regard.

As of the afternoon of Friday, 13th March, 2020 the Ministry reports the following:

The public is also advised that CARPHA has the only lab that is certified to test samples for CoViD-19 and therefore, it is the only lab that can confirm positive or negative results of the samples.

Read More: Trinidad and Tobago CoViD-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Update #20 [JPG]

11th March, 2020

CoViD-19 Situation Report #51

  • WHO Director-General in his regular media briefing today stated that WHO has been assessing this outbreak around the clock and we are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity, and by the alarming levels of inaction. WHO therefore have made the assessment that CoViD-19 can be characterized as a pandemic.
  • Four new countries/territories/areas (Bolivia [Plurinational State of], Jamaica, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of the Congo) have reported cases of CoViD-19 in the past 24 hours.
  • The CoViD-19 virus infects people of all ages. However, evidence to date suggests that two groups of people are at a higher risk of getting severe CoViD-19 disease. These are older people; and those with underlying medical conditions. WHO emphasizes that all must protect themselves from CoViD-19 in order to protect others.
  • On 10 March, the IFRC, UNICEF and WHO issued a new guidance to help protect children and schools from transmission of the CoViD-19 virus. The guidance provides critical considerations and practical checklists to keep schools safe.

Download: CoViD-19 Situation Report #51 [PDF]

10th March, 2020

CoViD-19 Situation Report #50

  • 5 new countries/territories/areas (Brunei Darussalam, Mongolia, Cyprus, Guernsey and Panama) have reported cases of CoViD-19 in the past 24 hours.
  • As of 9 March 2020, a total of 45 States Parties informed WHO of additional health measures they implemented in relation to CoViD-19 and provided the public health rationale for these measures. WHO reiterates that measures that restrict the movement of people during this outbreak should be proportionate to the public health risk, short in duration and reviewed regularly as more information about the virus, the disease epidemiology and clinical characteristics becomes available. For more information, please see ‘subject in focus’.
  • WHO Director- General in his regular media briefing on 9 March stated that the threat of a pandemic has become very real; however, this would be the first pandemic in history that could be controlled.

Download: CoViD-19 Situation Report #50 [PDF]

7th March, 2020

CoViD-19 Situation Report #47

  • 5 new countries/territories/areas (Colombia, Holy See, Peru, Serbia, and Togo) have reported cases of CoViD-19 in the past 24 hours.
  • The global number of reported cases of CoViD-19 has surpassed 100,000.
  • OpenWHO has reached 161, 000 learners in CoViD-19 courses. The introductory course on CoViD-19 has been partially or fully translated into 17 national languages. For more information, and to enroll in these free courses, please visit OpenWHO’s CoViD-19 channel.

Download: CoViD-19 Situation Report #47 [PDF]

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