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The WHO will meet on Thursday to discuss whether the virus constitutes a global health emergency
• Four confirmed cases reported in the United Arab Emirates, each case in an individual traveling from Wuhan City.
• World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the World Economic Forum, has set up a public-private collaboration called “The Pandemic Supply Chain Network (PSCN)”. It is a Market Network that seeks to provide a platform for data sharing, market visibility, and operational coordination and connecting.
• Today, PSCN is launching the first of several teleconference calls with over 30 private sector organizations and 10 multilateral organizations to develop a market capacity and risk assessment for personal protective equipment (PPE). This assessment will be used as the basis to match the global demand for PPE with the global supply. The market and risk assessment for PPE is expected to be completed by 5 February 2020.
• The Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) under the International Health Regulations (IHR 2005) is re-convened by the World Health Organization Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on 30 January.
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In Ontario, Indigenous people are raising concern over the possible impact coronavirus will have on their communities. For International readers, In Northern Ontario, a great number of Indigenous people live in remote communities that for most of the year are only accessible by air. During the winter for a brief period, winter roads built on the frozen rivers and lakes connect those communities.
Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald states, “The Chiefs of Ontario Health staff are in contact with the Public Health Agency of Canada, FNIHB & the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on the Novel Coronavirus emerging from Wuhan China — we are involved in daily updates. Our Chief Operating Officer, Tracy Antone is also ensuring that information is shared with our Leadership, Health Directors and community members.”
Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler states, “There is a lot of information and misinformation that is spreading across social media regarding the Coronavirus. We take the health of our community members very seriously and released this information to the NAN Chiefs last evening.
“We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide regular updates when new information is available to us. If you have any concerns about your health, please go to your nursing station or contact Telehealth at 1-866-797-0000.”
Indigenous Services Canada was asked for a copy of the plan they have provided to Chiefs of Ontario but as of yet have not been able to supply that copy.
The people of Wuhan continue to endure the virtual lockdown conditions. The city of 11 million people are mostly at home, assisting in trying to control the spread of the virus.
Since the weekend, streets in Wuhan have been very empty.