Urban and Disaster Risk Management Responses to COVID-19   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] is threatening cities and communities across the globe in an unprecedented way, impacting not only public health but also the economy and social fabric. [...] Cities with similar densities and levels of economic development have fared very differently in their ability to contain COVID-19. Cities' ability to respond to COVID-19 will be determined by existing service delivery and infrastructure systems and their investment in risk reduction and preparedness to cope with disasters, all of which are a function of the effectiveness of their urban governance systems. [...] Many cities in developing countries - both megapolises and secondary cities alike -with limited capacity and without the needed emergency response and preparedness will likely be potential hotspots of contamination and contagion. [...] Local governments are in the frontline of combating the COVID-19 epidemic together with national disaster risk management (DRM) and public health authorities. [...] To effectively face such challenges, many local governments in developing countries are asking for World Bank technical and financial assistance in managing the impact of COVID-19 in urban areas."

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