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Australia deploys army to enforce COVID lockdowns in Sydney

 

The Australian military is being deployed to enforce coronavirus lockdowns in Sydney after COVID-19 cases have remained high despite restrictions being active for five weeks.

Officials in Sydney have ordered mandatory testing and mask-wearing outdoors as an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant is putting suburbs at risk of spreading the virus, Reuters reported.

This week, the beginning of the sixth week of lockdowns, the state of New South Wales reported 170 new local cases, mostly in the capital of Sydney, which is down from a record 239 cases a day before. At least 42 of the people who tested positive for COVID spend time in the community while contagious.

Residents of areas with high numbers of infections must stay within three miles of their homes and be tested for COVID every three days in order to be permitted to do essential work outside their area.

In response to fears of community spread, about 300 Australian army personnel will be deployed on Monday to assist police by going door to door to the homes of people who have tested positive for COVID to ensure people are obeying the restrictions.

“The sheer volume of increase over the last week (means) the level of compliance (enforcement) has gone from hundreds into thousands,” said Mick Fuller, the police commissioner of New South Wales.

Police have already been given the power to close businesses found to be in violation of the restrictions. The army personnel will be under police command and will not be armed.

Public health officials in Australia said that people are waiting too long to get tested after developing COVID symptoms and are risking spreading the virus to vulnerable family members or other people in the community.

The increased enforcement measures are being met with resistance from Sydney residents, many of whom are immigrants to their communities.

“They’ve got no other ideas than to bring in the military as a last resort because they’re lost for answers on issues they created,” Steve Christou, mayor of the suburb of Cumberland, where 60% of its 240,000 residents are immigrants, said.

“They are a poor community, they are a vulnerable community, and they don’t deserve these lockdowns or these extended and harsh measures that they have now been targeted with,” he told Reuters.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Australia has adopted some of the strictest lockdown policies of any developed nation. While their overall case count is much lower than other countries, estimated at 34,000 cases and fewer than 1,000 dead, only 18% of Australians over age 16 have been fully vaccinated against COVID.

Government officials say lockdown policies will continue until more people become vaccinated.

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While the Western World Freaks Out About COVID – China Claims They Have Virtually No Cases of COVID – How Can This Be?

Politicians and their fellow media loudspeakers continue to go crazy over the COVID-19 pandemic and the Delta variant and yet China claims they have no cases related to the virus.  Why is this?

The Jerusalem Post writes:

DESPITE MAJOR American media claiming that the rise in cases is primarily in states with low vaccination levels, in fact there are large numbers of cases in many states across the political and vaccination spectrum. This is because the US doesn’t want to have a healthy media discussion, with actual experts, about what is going on.
Some media in the US prefer a simple conclusion, blaming unvaccinated areas for why the pandemic isn’t over, and concluding that “in the United States, this pandemic could be almost over.” There’s no evidence it could be over, because with the exception of China, where there are almost no cases, most of the world is seeing the pandemic continue. Countries with the highest vaccination rates, including the UK, Israel and the US, continue to have rising cases. High profile cases of vaccinated people getting Covid are beginning to break through into media, with cases like the UK’s health secretary. This has led to discussion about what these “breakthrough” cases are.

The vaccines the Democrats and the media demand all Americans take are ineffective.  The Jerusalem Post again writes:

Some 143 Israelis were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Wednesday at 12 p.m., according to the Health Ministry. Fifty-eight percent of them were vaccinated, 39% were not and 3% were partially vaccinated, meaning they had taken one dose or a full week had not passed since their second shot.

We’re hearing this same scenario around the world (except in China).

CDC Director Now Says ‘New Data’ Shows Breakthrough Cases in Vaccinated People Can Spread as Much Virus as Unvaccinated

The corrupt Democrat White House claims the unvaccinated are to blame for the increase in individuals with the virus.  This was echoed across the airwaves as well yet there is no evidence for this.  No one can definitively say that an unvaccinated person is the cause for their catching the virus.  It’s impossible.

Psaki Says US Going in the Wrong Direction Because of “Large Population of Unvaccinated People” (VIDEO)

In England, more people died with COVID who had the vaccine than those who didn’t have it.

More vaccinated people are dying of COVID than unvaccinated people, according to a recent report from Public Health England (PHE). The report shows that 163 of the 257 people (63.4%) who died within 28 days of a positive COVID test between February 1 and June 21, had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Now the CDC says the Delta variant is worse than COVID:

The CDC warned House lawmakers Thursday that the new delta variant sweeping across the country is as contagious as chickenpox, has a longer transmission window than the original Covid-19 strain and may make older people sicker, even if they’ve been fully vaccinated, according to a copy of the document reviewed by CNBC and authenticated by the U.S. agency.

Delta, now in at least 132 countries and already the dominant form of the disease in the United States, is more transmissible than the common cold, the 1918 Spanish flu, smallpox, Ebola, and MERS and SARS, two diseases also caused by coronaviruses, according to the document. Only measles appears to spread faster than the variant.

Fully vaccinated individuals have died from COVID and so the CDC says we need more mask mandates.

Separately, the CDC has said that 5,914 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized or died with Covid infections as of July 19, the most recent data available. Breakthrough cases, which occur in the fully vaccinated, happen more frequently in congregate settings, and in groups at risk of primary vaccine failure, according to the document.

Health officials also said federal and state leaders should consider vaccine mandates, particularly for health-care workers, universal masking and other community mitigation strategies. President Joe Biden announced on Thursday his administration would require federal workers to prove their vaccination status or submit to a series of rigorous safety protocols.

Maybe the CDC should ask China what they are doing to contain COVID in their country?  Which entity shares more truth the CDC or China?

Hat tip Kevin Moncla

The post While the Western World Freaks Out About COVID – China Claims They Have Virtually No Cases of COVID – How Can This Be? appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

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Israel to provide third COVID-19 vaccine dose to older citizens

 

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced Thursday that the nation will offer an additional COVID-19 vaccine shot to individuals over 60 who have previously gotten vaccinated, according to the Associated Press.

“I’m announcing this evening the beginning of the campaign to receive the booster vaccine, the third vaccine,” Bennett remarked during a nationally televised address, according to the outlet. “Reality proves the vaccines are safe. Reality also proves the vaccines protect against severe morbidity and death. And like the flu vaccine that needs to be renewed from time to time, it is the same in this case.”

Individuals over 60 years old who got vaccinated against the illness longer than five months ago will be eligible for the extra shot, the AP reported.

The U.S. and the EU have not authorized booster doses, according to the AP, which noted that the World Health Organization earlier this month said there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate that a third shot is necessary.

According to the outlet, the Israeli prime minister stated that a team of expert advisers concurred by a 56-1 margin that it made sense to begin the booster campaign.

Bennett noted that the recommendation came following “considerable research and analysis” and that its information would be shared across the globe. Preliminary studies in the Jewish state have indicated that the vaccine’s defense against significant illness declined among individuals vaccinated in January, according to the outlet.

“The findings show that there is a decline in the body’s immunity over time, and the purpose of the booster is to re-strengthen it, thus significantly reducing the chances of infection and serious illness,” the prime minister said, according to the AP.

The country has utilized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to the outlet, which noted that more than 57% of the nation’s 9.3 million citizens have gotten two vaccine doses and more than 80% of the population over 40 has been vaccinated.

The country has seen a rise in infections over the past month. The Israeli Health Ministry recorded at least 2,165 new coronavirus cases Thursday, the AP said. Serious cases have increased from 19 a day in mid-June to 159 due to the highly infectious Delta variant. Israel has resorted to limitations on gatherings in an effort to stop the spread of the Delta variant.

Earlier this month, Israel began providing people with weakened immune systems a third dose to boost their resilience against the illness, according to the outlet.

“Most studies — and real-world data from Britain and the U.S. — so far show that the Pfizer vaccine remains powerfully protective against serious illness,” the AP reported. “Just Wednesday, Pfizer released data from its long-running 44,000-person study showing that while protection against any symptomatic infection declined slightly six months after immunization, protection against severe COVID-19 remained at nearly 97%. Earlier this month, Israel’s Health Ministry announced that protection against severe disease was around 93%.”

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Woke IOC Declares ‘Transwomen are Women’ as Transgender Kiwi Readies for Weightlifting Debut

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) reaffirmed its full support of transgender athletes Friday when medical director Richard Budgett said  “transwomen are women” and should be included in women’s sport “when we possibly can.”

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