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Telangana declares black fungus as notified disease, says health facilities must report cases

All public and private health facilities have to report suspected and confirmed cases of black fungus to the Telangana health department. Currently, there are about 80 cases in the state.
People standing in queue to buy groceries during coronavirus lockdown in Delhi's Bhajanpura | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

India kept improvising during coronavirus. Age of Pandemics needs a new public health law

An up-to-date legal framework will ensure there is no misuse of police power and human rights are protected. India can't tackle next pandemic with a 19th-century law.
A man being inoculated after the bubonic plague outbreak in Bombay, circa 1897 | Wellcome Library archive collection

All about the ‘Black Death’ Bubonic Plague that has China on high alert

A city in northern China has reported suspected cases of bubonic plague this Saturday. The disease killed about 12 million in India when it occurred in 1896.
A health worker checks people's temperature on the Delhi-Noida border Wednesday | Photo: ANI

Up to 7 yrs in jail, Rs 5 lakh fine if you injure a health worker treating Covid-19 patients

Modi govt promulgates ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, increasing punishment and fast-tracking investigation and judgments.
Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala's Chief Minister

Kerala promulgates Covid-19 ordinance to restrict duration of essential services

The Epidemic Diseases Ordinance 2020 allows the Kerala govt to take special measures and frame regulations to tackle an epidemic disease.
Rajpath during Janata curfew in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi, Sunday, March 22 | PTI

Plague of 1896 redefined sedition. Coronavirus mustn’t bring in laws that outlive crisis

Bal Gangadhar Tilak was tried for his articles in Kesari during the bubonic plague. It would fundamentally change how India understood sedition.
Thermal screening of visitors at the entrance of Parliament House, in New Delhi | PTI

Modi govt is using two laws to tackle coronavirus spread. But one of them needs changes

While govt is using Disaster Management Act and 1897 Epidemic Diseases Act in tandem to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, experts say India needs a modern public health law.
A quarantined area during the bubonic plague outbreak, Karachi, 1897. | Wellcome Library archive collection

Plague passport to detention — Epidemic Act was a medical surveillance tool in British India

The Epidemic Act was enacted to crack down on people — cart-drivers, sweepers, cleaners — who fled municipal limits in the aftermath of the 1896 bubonic plague.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan with MoS Health Ashwini Choubey in a press conference on novel coronavirus, in New Delhi | PTI

These are the two laws Modi govt has invoked to tackle coronavirus. But it’s not enough

The Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 are innovative, but they still fall short of comprehensibly dealing with outbreaks.
Representational image of Pakistan flag | Pixabay

On Sri Lankan man’s lynching, all of Pakistan reacted…and moved on

PM Imran Khan’s tweet of shock. Check. CM’s expression of sadness and ordering of in­­q­ui­­ry. Check. IG police’s vow to arrest the culprits. Check.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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