Bihar Health Department publishes the Bihar Epidemic COVID-19 Regulation, 2020

Mar 19, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The Bihar Health Department on March 14, 2020, has published the Bihar Epidemic Diseases, COVID – 19 Regulations, 2020. Epidemic Disease means COVID – 19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019).

 The Bihar Government directs all Hospitals (Government and Private) that they should have flu corners for screening of suspected cases COVID-19 (Corona Virus Disease 2019). Further, during screening hospitals shall record the travel history of the person if he / she has travelled to any country or area where COVID-19 has been reported and if:

i) In case the person has any such history in last 14 days and the person is asymptomatic then the person must be kept in home quarantine for 14 days from the day of exposure.

ii) In case the person has any such history in last 14 day and the person is symptomatic then that person must be isolated in a hospital and will be tested for COVID-19 as per protocol.

iii) Information of all such cases should be given to Office of Civil Surgeon of the district immediately.

 No person/institution/organization shall use any print, electronic or social media for mis-information regarding COVID-19 with a mala fide intent to spread panic in the society. This is to avoid spread of any rumor or unauthenticated information regarding COVID-19. In case any person/institution/organization is found indulging in such activity, it will be treated as a punishable offence under these regulations.

 Private Laboratory has been restricted to take or test samples for COVID-19 in the Andhra Pradesh.

 If any person with a history after February 29, 2020, to a country or area from where COVID-19 has been reported:

(i) Develop symptoms, he must contact the State or District control rooms for necessary measures; 

(ii) If do not have any symptoms of cough, fever, difficulty in breathing should isolate themselves at home.

 Surveillance Personnel have right to inspect, and enquire the person suspected or confirmed with COVID-19. 

 If any individual or owner or occupier of any premises suspected or confirmed with COVID-19 refuses to take measures for prevention or treatment then the concerned District Magistrate, may pass an appropriate order and may proceed or take any other coercive action as deemed necessary and expedient for enforcing such cooperation and assistance. In case of minor, such order shall be directed to the guardian or any other adult member of the family. 

 In cases of COVID-19 reported from a defined geographical area, the Authorized Person(s) shall have the right to implement various containment measures in order to prevent spread of disease.

 Penalty: Any person / institution / organization found violating any provision of these regulations shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of Indian Penal Code, which specifies the provisions regarding disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant. 

These regulations will come into force immediately and will remain valid for a period of one year from the date of publication of this Notification.

[Notification No. 11/01/2020-208(11)]


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