3rd Advisory

3rd Advisory:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Dear Colleagues,

Following the 2nd advisory issued on 5 February 2020, we wish to provide further updates on the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China, its spread to other countries, as well as institutional measures we can continue to take to prevent contracting the virus.

To date, the virus has infected more than 80,900 people globally,
of which 2,758 have died.

The virus has been confirmed in
41 countries.

WHO Risk Assessment

According to the World Health Organization, China remains a very high risk. The risk is high for both the regional (Asia-Pacific Region) and global levels.

Out of necessity, the Asia-Pacific Region has postponed the 10th APR Scout Leaders Summit which was planned in South Korea in April.

Prevention

  • Wear anti-viral layered protective mask
  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands;
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough;
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing seek medical care early and share previous travel history with your health care provider;
  • When visiting live markets in areas currently experiencing cases of novel coronavirus, avoid direct, unprotected contact with live animals and surfaces in contact with animals;
  • The consumption of raw or undercooked animal products should be avoided. Raw meat, milk or animal organs should be handled with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per food safety practices
  • Avoid crowded places
  • If you do not feel well, you may work from home
  • If sick, only go to the hospital if required, otherwise seek medical help with general medical practitioners where there aren't large crowds

Travel advice

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), more than 50 countries or territories have imposed travel restrictions and tightened visa requirements to contain the novel coronavirus.

Some countries, including the United States and United Kingdom, are advising their citizens to leave China altogether.

For the WSB staff and WOSM volunteer travellers, please continue taking the necessary precautions:

  • Before travel, please make a personal informed judgement about your destination and whether or not you should travel;
  • If you decide to travel, please carefully review up-to-date visa and travel requirements imposed by your destination country and any airports you transit to;
  • Where possible, consider virtual participation to meetings instead of travelling;
  • The WSB will facilitate virtual participation for participants who prefer to avoid international travel during this period;
  • As most of the current confirmed cases are in China, avoid travelling to or connecting flights through airports in China;
  • As per the established practice, the WSB will provide travel insurance to all volunteers and staff travelling on WOSM business. Please make sure to contact your staff support before travelling.

Where to look for additional information

  • The World Health Organization website where you can also view this video to learn more about the coronavirus.
  • Country specific travel guide with Embassies and High Commissions
  • The media – print, electronic and television, please ensure to only use reputable outlets

The situation is being monitored daily and an update will be issued when necessary. The latest information bulletin from the World Scout Bureau Global Support Centre, Kuala Lumpur may be viewed here.

Thank you and be safe.

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