Covid-19 is a widespread epidemic, and also a declared disaster in India. The Government has the power to 1 take measures and prescribe regulations to:
- Prevent the spread of a dangerous epidemic disease like Covid-19.
- Inspect any ship or vessel leaving or arriving in any port.
- Detain any person planning to leave or arrive in India.
- Preventing any danger or threat of any disaster
- Mitigating or reducing the risk of any disaster, its severity or consequences
- Capacity-building and preparedness to deal with any disaster
- Providing a prompt response to any threatening disaster situation
- Assessing the severity or magnitude of effects of any disaster.
- Section 2, Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897
- Section 2(3), Disaster Management Act, 2005
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How is the Government taking action against Covid-19?
The Central and State Governments took several actions to control the spread of the disease under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and the Disaster Management Act, 2005 like restricting spread and movement by enforcing lockdowns or curfews and other measures.
What is Covid-19 ?
Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus i.e. severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation in March, 2020, Covid-19 is associated with symptoms like fever, dry cough and tiredness.