October 19, 2020, 04.18 PM

BEIJING, KOMPAS.com – China’s biosecurity law was recently passed which seeks to improve its response to new virus and disease outbreaks.

The new law was approved by lawmakers on Saturday, and the measures will take effect from April 15 next year.

The government is not only aiming to better handle future new viruses and disease outbreaks in China, it is aiming to also protect whistleblowers.

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China’s new biosecurity law comes following a cascade of criticism over its coronavirus response and accusations of an early cover-up.

The new biosecurity law in China flags the right to report "acts that endanger biosecurity" and calls for risk prevention systems, ranging from active monitoring to emergency plans.

"Any work unit or individual has the right to report acts that endanger biosecurity," the regulation said.

"When a report is required according to the law, no work unit or individual shall conceal (it)... or hinder others from making a report," it added on infectious diseases and epidemics.

China's approval of the law comes in the face of Western criticism on the coronavirus, over accusations that it covered up the initial outbreak and silenced early whistleblowers.

Read also: Negative Views of China Soar in Advanced Economies: Survey

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