2. Ensuring sufficient physical infrastructure and workforce capacity
ENSURING SUFFICIENT PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND WORKFORCE CAPACITY is crucial for dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak, as there may be both a surge in demand and a decreased availability of health workers. The section considers the physical infrastructure available in a country and where there are shortages, it describes any measures being implemented or planned to address them. It also considers the health workforce, including what countries are doing to maintain or enhance capacity, the responsibilities and skill-mix of the workforce, and any initiatives to train or otherwise support health workers.
2.1 Physical infrastructure
24-Mar-20: Four special quarantine institutions are created in Karakalpakstan and three institutions in Tashkent, as well as each other region in Uzbekistan. These will provide quarantine space for any residents mandated to undergo 14-day quarantine.
26-Mar-20: New buildings for quarantine and COVID-19 treatment are being built in Tashkent and four regions, including Andijan, Navoi and Surkhandarya regions.
WHO has provided support in identifying laboratory needs and supported the procurement of laboratory testing kits. Testing kits are also available from the Russian Federation and China.