30 January 2020 – Interministerial Executive Group is activated

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Corrections / Justice, Health, Parliament, Security, Agriculture
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Federal Government (decision-maker)

Overview: The Federal Government published Decree No. 10.211 in order to reactivate the Interministerial Executive Group on Public Health Emergency of National and International Importance (GEI-ESPII ).

The measure transfers to the Ministry of Health authority to coordinate representatives of the following entities: Civil House, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, Ministry of Development, Institutional Security Office and the National Surveillance Agency.

The decree signed by the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro, and the Minister of Health, Luiz Henrique Mandetta, is a reissue of Legislative Decree No. 395, of 2009, which considers actions of the International Health Regulations.

The group principally outlines measures to prepare and deal with public health emergencies at the national and international levels, as well as local criteria for monitoring emergency situations.
Full details here: https://saude.gov.br/noticias/agencia-saude/46266-grupo-interministerial-vai-atuar-no-enfrentamento-ao-novo-coronavirus

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Type of Justification: Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, International – government
Evidence/Justification: Action taken in response to the emergence of the new coronavirus from China, including rising case numbers and related fatalities reported by Chinese authorities.