“Approved the project that regulates the measures that must be taken by the health authorities in case of a public health emergency caused by the coronavirus (Bill 23/2020),” the Senate reported on its website.
The Chamber of Deputies had already approved the text the day before, and with the green light of the Senate, now only the presidential confirmation is needed to take effect.
The law prepares the country for an eventual emergency, and establishes that “measures could be taken” such as the isolation of persons, quarantine, compulsory medical examinations, sampling or vaccines, among others.
It also provides for the “exceptional and temporary” restriction of entry and exit of the country by roads, ports or airports, but always within a specific time and in a limited way.
The law is an indispensable requirement to receive the 29 Brazilians who will arrive on Saturday, February 8 from Wuhan (China), the city where the outbreak of the coronavirus originated.
Two aircraft of the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) departed from Brasilia to repatriate the group, which will be interned for 18 days at an Anápolis military base (Goiás state, center) to complete a quarantine period.
Brazil has no confirmed case of coronavirus, But according to the newsletter released Wednesday by the Ministry of Health, there are 11 defined as suspects.