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aimed at tackling COVID-19 is merely an application of the more general need for transparency, openness, and accountability by governors to the citizens whom they are required to serve. Although the so-called ‘state of exception’ may justify a relaxation of limits that might otherwise apply to governmental power, it does not mean—at least in democratic states—that anything goes. Firstly, it does not alter the basic terms of the social contract by which citizens forgo some of their liberty and freedom in return for the state’s obligation to provide them with basic security. Although the exceptional demands of the pandemic may justify loosening some procedural constraints that otherwise apply to the exercise of governmental authority, it does not dispense with them altogether. Secondly, and perhaps even more importantly, without sufficient transparency and accountability in the exercise of decision-making authority, those in government will not sustain the trust, cooperation, and solidarity of citizens, upon which effective interventions to contain the virus ultimately depend.

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