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Hungary: National Assembly Adopts Act Giving Government Special Powers during Coronavirus Pandemic

(May 26, 2020) On March 29, 2020, Hungary’s National Assembly adopted a special legal regime aimed at “mitigating the consequences of a natural disaster or industrial accident endangering life and property” and preserving the governability of the country in case the National Assembly is not able to meet because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new […]

Mexico: President Urges Approval of Amnesty Law Because of Coronavirus Infection Risk in Prisons

(Apr. 24, 2020) On April 15, 2020, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador urged Mexico’s Senate to pass the Amnesty Law to prevent the massive spread of the coronavirus in the country’s 17 federal and 292 state penitentiaries. The purpose of the law is to provide early release for people who have been imprisoned for […]

Brazil: Ministry of Health Authorizes Telemedicine During Coronavirus Pandemic

(Apr. 15, 2020) On March 20, 2020, the Ministry of Health issued Portaria No. 467, which authorizes  the practice of certain forms of telemedicine on a temporary and exceptional basis. The ordinance regulates and operationalizes measures in article 3 of Law No. 13,979, of February 6, 2020, to deal with the international coronavirus pandemic. The authorization […]

Norway: Parliament Presidium Announces Reduction in Parliamentary Coronavirus Measures

(Apr. 10, 2020) On April 8, 2020, the Presidium of the Norwegian Parliament announced that, starting on April 19, 2020, it will abolish some of the measures recently instituted in response to  the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically the Presidium announced that it, together with party leaders, have agreed to the following: Starting April 19, 2020, the […]

Italy: New Regulations Setting Further Measures to Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic Enter into Effect

(Apr. 8, 2020) On March 23, 2020, a circular entitled Urgent Measures to Contain and Manage the Epidemiologic Emergency Caused by COVID-19 Applicable Throughout the National Territory (Circular), which was issued by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Extraordinary Commissioner for the Implementation of Measures to Contain and Fight the Epidemiological Emergency […]

Italy: New Regulations Granting Government Funds to Companies During the Coronavirus Pandemic Enter into Effect

(Apr. 6, 2020) On March 23, 2020, the Ordinance of March 23, 2020, Benefits for Companies During the COVID-19 Emergency issued by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister’s Office) and the Extraordinary Commissioner for the Implementation of Measures to Contain and Fight the Epidemiological Emergency Caused by COVID-19 (Ordinance No. 4) entered […]

Greenland: Local Government Temporarily Prohibits Sale of Alcohol During Coronavirus Outbreak

(Mar. 30, 2020) On March 28, 2020, the Local Government of Greenland (Naalakkersuisut) announced that, effective immediately, the sale of alcohol with an alcohol content of more than 2.25% is prohibited until April 15, 2020, in the Greenlandic cities of Nuuk, Kapisillit, and Qeqertarsuatsiaat. (Selvstyrets bekendtgørelse nr. 5 af 28. marts 2020 om midlertidig forbud […]

Israel: Supreme Court Rules Coronavirus Pandemic Does Not Justify Delay in Electing Knesset Speaker

(Mar. 26, 2020) On March 23, 2020, the Supreme Court, by an extended panel of five justices, ordered the Knesset (Israel’s parliament) speaker to convene the Knesset plenum to appoint a new Knesset speaker for the 23rd Knesset at the earliest possible time and no later than March 25, 2020. The decision was unanimous with […]

Turkey: Government Takes Extraordinary Administrative Measures for the Coronavirus Pandemic

(Mar. 24, 2020) During the third week of March 2019, in conjunction with the minister of health’s announcement that 20,345 tests had been administered in Turkey, with 1,236 positive cases and 30 fatalities, the government of Turkey took several administrative measures to counter the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s public health and […]