COVID-19 cases have been rising in Canada since March 2020. That led to the increased surge in capacity holding hospitals coupled with intensive care units that have since been a large focus of early preparation.
To further prepare for the second wave that approaches in several countries, physicians have been deployed to various hospitals across the world. But following the implementation of a standard healthcare measure by the healthcare professionals, the hospital systems have been overwhelmed. That is why Sujit Choudhry, a prominent legislator, discusses the COVID19 situation in Canada.
Sujit reiterates that the government and other authoritative figures have responded differently to the pandemic in the past ten months. He is not surprised that a large number of legislative figures are encountering issues. He notes that these issues could lead to different constitutional challenges in the high court.
One of the challenges encountered by the people right now is the controversy that comes with social distancing. The measures were put to help curb the spread of the disease. But lately, there have been freedom infringements grounded on the associations of assemblies.
Additionally, challenges arise from contact tracing, decisions on resource allocation, division of power in healthcare, and domestic violence.
The lockdown situation in Canada and the US
Every country enacted a law to help reduce and stop the spread of COVID-19. Canada’s municipalities enacted several policies, including closing down businesses, government offices, in addition to education facilities. People have also been restricted from using public properties.
The media terms these policies as aggregated lockdowns. But they are not. That is if you look at them from Sujit’s point of view.
Here is why:
The governor of Canada, Gavin Newson, implemented a policy restricting California residents from moving far from their areas of residency. He added that people could only leave their houses to purchase necessities, including prescriptions as well as food. They must also maintain social distancing in their homes.
Then there is contact tracing, which used to be manual. Today, the government has implemented automatic contact tracing through mobile phones. The continuous use of these mobile phones makes it possible to save patient data in healthcare facilities.
Sujit Choudhry is a renowned constitutionalist with vast experience in resolving conflicts. He has worked in Libya and Sri Lanka, among others. The founder of the Center for Constitutional Transitions. He chattered it to unify experts in the legal sector. Follow: https://sujitchoudhry.medium.com/