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Brazil: Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Makes Use of Face Masks Mandatory

(Apr. 30, 2020) On April 18, 2020, the mayor of the City of Rio de Janeiro enacted Decree No. 47,375, which makes it mandatory for persons to wear nonprofessional face masks in the city, especially when using public or private means of transportation and performing work activities in shared environments in both the public and […]

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 […]

UAE: Court Orders Doctors to Pay Blood Money to Patient’s Family

(Apr. 16, 2019) On March 29, 2019, the United Arab Emirates Federal Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi upheld the rulings of a criminal court of first instance and an appellate court to grant the family of a deceased patient the right to receive blood money. The Federal Supreme Court issued a decision ordering two Asian […]

Italy: New Civil Protection Code Enters into Force

(Mar. 27, 2018) On February 2, 2018, a new Civil Protection Code to address responses to disasters and other national emergencies came into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decreee No. 1 of January 2, 2018, CIVIL PROTECTION CODE, GAZZETTA UFFICIALE (G.U.) (Jan. 22, 2018), Normattiva website (in Italian).) This law represents the Italian government’s most significant […]

Denmark: Plan to Distribute Overdose Kits

(Oct. 18, 2012) The Danish government announced this month that it will distribute overdose kits to drug users in the capital city, <?Copenhagen. The purpose is to reduce the rate of drug-related deaths in the country, currently among the highest such rates in Europe; in 2010, 273 overdoses in Denmark resulted in deaths. (Copenhagen Addicts […]