Author(s): Fatma Mohamed Abdullah
It is a time alike no other, with the outbreak of COVID-19 in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, the world has been in a state of constant adjusts. To accommodate the high spread rate that COVID-19 possesses, it is of great importance to employ the globalization and advancement in technology in the fight against the virus, as well as in order to keep up to its advancements. Law, especially criminal law, has an effective role in collaboration with the sector of public health in such combat. This collaboration is based on the principles of public health necessity, sensible and proportionality, as well as national and international transparency in criminal legislation’s. Such employment will depend on the means and rate by which the disease is spread, and how serious it is. This paper will discuss the distinctive role played by the criminal law in containing and controlling the COVID-19 virus through precautionary measures accompanying the spread of the disease.