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July 14, 2020

Announcement on laws to be abided by people in time of COVID-19 crisis

The Union Government is beefing up the prevention, control and treatment of the Coronavirus Disease-COVID-19. People are requested to follow the instructions, directives and rules released by the ministries concerned in the face of the Coronavirus crisis with the approval from the National-Level Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of the Coronavirus Disease.
According to the Law Amending the 1995 Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law, the authorities can take measures not to allow the patients infected with the communicable diseases to leave homes, not to allow the people in the area of the infected patient to leave their area, not to allow any outsiders to enter the lockdown area, to impose quarantine any suspected patients having infected with a communicable disease, to ban festivals at once when an outbreak of an infectious disease occurs and to ban the people not to visit the outbreak area and to ban any vehicles which are on suspicion of carrying animals and animal products infected with a communicable disease.
Those who violate the restrictions imposed by the health authorities under the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law can face six-month jail terms, fines of K50,000, or both under the Section 18 of the law.
Besides, the current Coronavirus disease is also concerned with the 2013 Natural Disaster Management Law as the natural disaster, by law, is also meant to any outbreak of communicable disease in animals and in the human.
Those who intentionally spread fake news on natural disasters to cause panic can be jailed for not more than one year or fined, or both.
Those who fail to follow any instruction imposed by authorities will face for not more than year jail term or fines, or both, under the Section -30 (a) under the Chapter-8 of the National Disaster Management Law.
Hence, people are urged to follow the instructions released in timely manner and to cooperate with the authorities.

Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement

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