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Egypt: Cabinet Eases COVID-19 Restrictions

(July 7, 2020) On June 23, 2020, Egyptian Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli announced that, beginning on June 27, 2020, the cabinet would lift restrictions that were previously imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19. As of July 6, 2020, there had been 76,222 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Egypt, with 3,422 deaths. According the minister […]

Brazil: Municipal Elections Postponed Because of COVID-19

(July 7, 2020) On July 2, 2020, the Brazilian Congress promulgated Constitutional Amendment No. 107, which determines that the first round of the municipal elections scheduled for October 2020 will take place on November 15, 2020, and the second round, where applicable, will be held on November 29, 2020. In the event that the sanitary […]

Mexico: Ban on Importing Electronic Cigarettes Receives World Health Organization Award

(June 29, 2020) On May 22, 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO)) announced that the Mexican government had won an award in recognition of the ban on the importation of electronic cigarettes that it enacted in February 2020. The World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) […]

Taiwan: Government Lifts Mask Export Ban and Loosens COVID-19 Restrictions

(June 26, 2020) On May 29, 2020, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced that the ban on exporting masks made in Taiwan would be lifted effective June 1, 2020. The restriction that Taiwanese residents could send no more than 30 masks every two months to their overseas relatives was also lifted at the same […]

Pakistan: “Smart Lockdown” Imposed across Cities of Pakistan as Covid-19 Cases Grow Rapidly

(June 25, 2020) On June 13, 2020, the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, announced in a televised address to the nation that a “smart lockdown” strategy would be imposed on certain hot spots across the country “as people’s indifference to the pandemic was jeopardising the lives of old and chronically ill people.” He emphasized […]

Spain: Government Employees Authorized to Telework up to Four Days a Week

(June 25, 2020) An agreement was reached between the government employees’ unions and the Ministry of Territorial Policy and Public Administration (MTPPA) allowing government employees in Spain to telework four days a week and go to their offices only one day a week. The agreement entered into force on June 21, 2020, and will last until an […]

Morocco: Government Decides to Ease Restrictions Aimed at Curbing Spread of COVID-19

(June 24, 2020) On June 9, 2020, the prime minister of Morocco, Saadeddine El Otmani, announced that the country would start easing restrictions that had been put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The prime minister stated that he would lift all restrictions completely by July 10, 2020. Morocco has been […]

France: Last Phase of Gradual End to Coronavirus Shutdown Commences

(June 24, 2020) On June 15, 2020, the French government published a decree by which the country entered the third and final stage of déconfinement, the phased end to the strict measures that were imposed to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This new decree amends a previous decree from May 31, 2020, which […]

Japan: Law to Prevent “Powa-Hara” (Power Harassment) Takes Effect

(June 22, 2020) On June 1, 2020, the 2019 amendment to the Labor Policy Comprehensive Promotion Act (Act No. 132 of 1966, amended by Act No. 24 of 2019 (Reiwa)) took effect. The amendment act, nicknamed the “Powa-Hara (Power Harassment) Prevention Act,” had been promulgated on June 5, 2019. A 2016 survey on power harassment […]

France: Parliamentary Commission Begins Investigating Government Response to Coronavirus

(June 22, 2020) On June 2, 2020, a special commission of the National Assembly, one of two chambers of the French Parliament, began investigating the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The creation of this special commission was decided on March 17, 2020, and organized on March 24. The commission was meant to operate in […]