28 February 2020 – Bolivarian Government expands epidemiological surveillance system to international ports and border crossings

Type of Intervention: Executive Order, Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Foreign Affairs, Health, Immigration, Supply Chains, Transportation
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: National Government and Health Authorities of the country

Overview: The Government extends the epidemiological surveillance system, which is maintained at international airports, to international ports and border crossings in the country, in the presence of the first confirmed case of Covid-19 coronavirus in Latin America (Brazil). The Minister of Health also announces the activation of the Center for Health Emergency Operations and a National Biosafety Committee to study the issue of coronavirus management with health personnel in hospital centers and at border crossings.
Full details here: http://www.mpps.gob.ve/index.php/sala-de-prensa/notnac/311-gobierno-bolivariano-amplia-sistema-de-vigilancia-epidemiologica-a-puertos-internacionales-y-pasos-fronterizos

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Learning from other jurisdictions
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government, International – government
Evidence/Justification: Increase in cases in China, Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran, Singapore, United States and one case in Brazil, the latter shares the southern border with Venezuela