COVID-19 Patient Arrested for Walking Down Street
It seems like daily, the worst fears of common sense folks are provoked by new, seemingly scripted, news stories. Yesterday, Quebec City police elevated our worst pandemic scenario fears when they arrested a COVID-19 positive woman. Her crime? She was talking a stroll down the street.
“This is the first time that we have executed this type of warrant,” said police spokesperson Sandra Dion.
The woman was cooperative during her arrest and was taken to a local hospital, according to CBC. Police are mulling over the option to file criminal charges against her.
In case you are wondering, Quebec’s Public Health Act allows police to expand their powers if they determine that someone is placing the public at risk. The area is under a 10-day health emergency order. The local health agency used strong wording to warn others to comply.
“We will use all the required and necessary measures at our disposal to ensure compliance,” the health agency said.
Quebec is currently reporting 139 cases and a single death. Health officials say these numbers are expected to rise. How many people will eventually be arrested and charged with crimes might turn out to be the bigger story in the coming weeks. When the public is afraid, the more easily turn over their civil liberties to the government. Coronavirus has put this dire effect on full display like no other event in modern history.
While reasonable precautions make sense, we seem to be rapidly spinning into hysteria and tyranny. If the solution is worse than the virus, does it even make sense anymore?
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.
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