Pandemic elections: What other countries have voted during COVID-19?
|globalnews.ca 15 Sep 2021 at 23:50|
For the first time in Canada’s political history, federal elections are being held during a global pandemic.
When Justin Trudeau called the snap vote last month there was a chorus of outcry from the opposition leaders about the timing of the election in the middle of a fourth wave of COVID-19 .
Trudeau has repeatedly defended his decision, saying at a press conference last week that he had absolutely no regrets triggering the election.
Canada’s example is not the first. In fact, since March 2020, when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), dozens of countries have gone ahead with casting ballots in local and national elections — albeit under tight restrictions and safety protocols.
Dr. Horacio Bach, an infectious diseases expert at the University of British Columbia, said it is safe to hold the elections as long as all the public health guidelines are respected.
With more than 78 per cent of the eligible population fully vaccinated , Bach said he did not expect a huge spike in cases after the polls, but that is something that will need to be monitored going forward, he said.