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Does a new Covid-19 law sound imperative in India?

AUTHOR: SHIDHIN THAMPI, STUDENT, SCHOOL OF LEGAL STUDIES, CUSAT, INDIA

Abstract Time has arrived to imprint the novel coronavirus in the world history. A minuscule virus, with a rampant spread rate, has turned the globe topsy-turvy in every field of study. The sight of corpses being carried away in Italy by means of army trucks leaves every human soul in perturbation. Although the situation is unprecedented and worse, human beings have an impeccable skill of reviving from the miseries and doing the impossible. Seeds of hope have started to germinate in different corners of the world in the form of vaccines, albeit they are in their trial run. Approaching the issue from the legal aspect, a few countries have enacted legislations to remedy the situation. It is in this circumstance, it becomes a question before the law makers of India, as well as its citizens, as to whether a law is to be enacted to fight the pandemic. This article is aimed at answering this question of law by analysing the current statutes that are being used to mitigate the mayhem, whether they are sufficient and adequate and what is required to fill the lacunae in the laws. The article also navigates through some of the recent legislations by foreign countries as a mark of global response to Covid-19. The pivotal factors that are to be taken into consideration are put forward to enlighten and aid the ardent enthusiasts of law. It is to be remembered that law serves as an auxiliary to every field of research. Without law there is no progress for now and forever!

Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic, Epidemic Diseases Act, Disaster Management Act.

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