Cheryl K. Chumley
August 2, 2021
-The Washington Times
Australia has gone a bit off the deep end with coronavirus clampdowns, sending police in helicopters to buzz by people who are congregating and blare through bull horns a warning of fines to come if they don’t disperse. America, take note.
It’s a scene right out of “1984” by George Orwell. Or “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Or “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley. Choose your dystopian poison. It’s all wrapped in the same police state package.
For 210 new coronavirus case counts in and around the area of Sydney, Australia’s authorities have gone full-steam tyrannical.
From Reuters: “There were 210 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 reported in Sydney and vicinities that are under a weeks-longs trick lockdown while battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. Saturday’s numbers bring the outbreak to 3,190 cases.”
Case counts mean nothing absent the all-important contextual observation of how many of those who tested positive actually suffered serious health impacts — or died — versus how many didn’t even know they were sick. And after a year-and-a-half-plus of collected coronavirus data, it’s clear: it’s that latter figure that dominates the spectrum of test positives. Most people don’t even know they have the virus until a test kit tells them they do — and even then, there were problems for months with the accuracy of these test kits. For this, more lockdowns?
“The lockdown [in Australia], to last at least until the end of August, spurred violent demonstrations,” Reuters went on. “But the police closed train stations, banned taxis from dropping passengers off downtown and deployed 1,000 officers to set up check points and to disperse any groups.”