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  • Use of the Incident Command System during infectious disease outbreaks

    April 17, 2020

    Compliance with the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule indicates that skilled nursing facilities (SNF) along with other healthcare providers receiving Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services funds implement an “All Hazards” approach to emergency preparedness.  This rule requires healthcare facilities including skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to conduct a risk ...

  • Trump’s WHO de-funding ‘as dangerous as it sounds’

    April 15, 2020

    US President Donald Trump has been heavily criticised for halting funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Philanthropist Bill Gates, a major funder of the WHO, said it was “as dangerous as it sounds”. President Trump said on Tuesday that the body had “failed in its basic duty” in its response to ...

  • How Greece is beating coronavirus despite a decade of debt

    April 14, 2020

    Every day at 6pm Greeks turn on their TV sets and tune into a broadcast that at other times they might have missed. Like most rituals, there are no surprises: each time they encounter the same scene, two men, seated several meters apart, behind a long table in a brightly lit room. The health ministry’s daily ...

  • WHO Director-General’s Statement on IHR Emergency Committee on Ebola Virus Disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    April 14, 2020

    The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee for Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) met today, and has advised me that in its view the Ebola outbreak in the DRC continues to constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. I have accepted that advice. Tremendous progress has been made containing this outbreak in ...

  • Coronavirus: Police bust massive face mask scam

    April 14, 2020

    Police across Europe foiled an intricate fake face mask plot that nearly cost German authorities €15 million ($16.4 million), Europol announced on Tuesday. At least two people have been detained in the case, which involved investigations across Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland and the UK. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are facing shortages ...

  • How farmers and essential agricultural workers are protecting food security during COVID-19

    April 12, 2020

    Essential agricultural workers are continuing to travel across regional areas and some state boundaries and, while most Australians are confined to their neighbourhoods, farmers must allow seasonal workers onto their properties for essential work, such as picking crops or shearing sheep. But human biosecurity is at the forefront this season. COVID-19 restrictions and risks of shutdown in ...

  • Ebola patient dies in Congo, first case in 50 days

    April 10, 2020

    The first person to contract Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo in more than 50 days has died, the government said on Friday, ending hopes that the second worst outbreak of the disease in history might be over. The Central African country planned to declare an end to the epidemic on Sunday, which would have allowed ...