28 January 2020 – Travel advisory recommending precautions for those who must travel to China

Type of Intervention: Advisory
Sectors Involved: Transportation
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Bahamas Ministry of Health

Overview: On 1/28/29 Bahamas’ Ministry of Health made its first public service travel advisory. The Ministry repeated its announcement (removing bold emphasis) the WHO was not recommending travel nor trade restrictions, but advised citizens who MUST travel to China take precautions, and all citizens returning from China will be monitored.
Full details here: http://www.bahamas.gov.bs/wps/portal/public/news%20and%20press%20release/novel%20coronavirus%20(2019-ncov)%20update%203/!ut/p/b1/vZbZrqM4EIafpR8gHYzZcsm-70sCN4glAcKWBAjL03fOTEujVqvPuekJvkIu63P9_l2ufbQ_7aMueVZFMlZ9lzQf_xERQ9HUbRajdIrADogMPEPmeAuKEOyP-5MUQobr9YLnnbgMR-W8soXfTFZsrwfDnFa1Bjmrcoc4UKw6ztu6Ea_iTdhWdUjUB8R34fGsQ3Ea2SFqL8rlgQfnWBBmc53adNHooHdkNWxkCVP4JboYDsFa3STMmR9XyFQRDbbtJrk_HPWiPjb-jl6XWk1bwUOUDngMTNjFDEZioY9t8aybHm3urNGnw42XYJf3Z3KXWb0nClLx7dsr4fCVMPKHj0b-1QMRdZp-6WGi3oceLCBUH0cojvi5_pOAL_T8Yj329XlEv25RxBECkX1Loy1SQk0M-RnwWYqfJ4l9FUDsw1cA-ecAcu_tTwgWu9f1Jm_15lw3G9G9QDa8cAObPw_1djQ8HhpjAjwuBEjqz7o_IPqmw3FzDC-XrDxwfIbmLK5Yp8-Broa9F0h5xLuB8M1AiLwbiL4biL8ZqLzbpfDv30NlH1Vp-33O2u_IdxwBAIWAwlFIEiS6D5SswNmennmecwZQ6gSyjCpWGSgfppUb9TIzLrIloel4ii3GxqRsXWhbU808b_OLf5QEZgG3A63bvnBjHe15l0W0VzrS6bp0vl9p5iGmbRMz2-ulOVyorD-gD6JPlXt02uhXdTekvj1_oQrzu7OReXO3SHF9XEW8wDLqh2_4NWIYgWFwMgp4BNE5QfH8enU5dzYM66cqrBPRF_ar6kS8F0gx4N3Af4x2ffUJyaDPH32CE-V0BugGTZUKj9LW52WFS90GZc5bM54VOUr0iHvaDyIetLkYNE4nTWwXPDS3VLs8WMfYKjFL3_BYGXdhlzneHVsv110-Tbsrer5jT2k6Gd6k08GT7OOL4ItZH-A2vNigsV_tQTXlfA8AUaaKy29t6VchLs7Cba3COr7KU6SUwk1lDjp4iFVQh-gNwwyl4HtbDP1acFysMa6-pJVnBLee5FCp5a6DNLbCOEzh447qw2olWWaSkwaFLBWeIsRBhnuH80PDWNoZ7DmxZIe1csylkXAXmZtkmvO44UROn0p5MrSTuAXDytmo7jLaEd_Vawl3SdF3wW-Cqyh8Ca5BzaBY4Irwfz_hX4HU3780v5QS6gDRA04iFEYBHCBgH1xDYvEKe-FeblJCpFFNvOpl1eyKOJzmCB82DPVbRapO-RZzsHT4ZgH51QKviTU6HIdYFlmjJC0qxCXMaGdxNJGC0YAdzLJrkVoxh4G8CbFVoycdWIVQPztIZTpNjPMz0QKKfsLsnKTrpYTlpmD1owHN1iyGK95eVsRl5SjktyuMbuRZTzqA6Tx04vxlJWJa8vh0OJnZOjzATkhH5t70-ZSFVemrXh5rrfeQs5sQX5y4z6SninvoNc4u0uPcsh917NY-VVUjHP5i_D6wZPffCL_9AAkdO7E!/dl4/d5/L2dBISEvZ0FBIS9nQSEh/

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, Pan American Health Organization , CDC, Carribean Public Health Agency
Evidence/Justification: In it’s first public advisory, The Bahamas Ministry of Health noted the WHO did not recommend travel restrictions, but then implemented their own without scientific justification other than a perceived threat, based on their prior personal experience with other viruses.