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Australia records its deadliest day of pandemic

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Hmm, lockdown not working for some reason?

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So, how is that draconian lockdown working, Australia?

Countries with no authoritarian lockdown and just some sensible recommendations seem to do much better, overall.

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ZaphodToday  01:18 pm JST

So, how is that draconian lockdown working, Australia?

Countries with no authoritarian lockdown and just some sensible recommendations seem to do much better, overall.

It works if you catch it very very early. The lockdown in Victoria isn't as strong as that which New Zealand endured, and they were able to get things under control.

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It works if you catch it very very early. The lockdown in Victoria isn't as strong as that which New Zealand endured, and they were able to get things under control.

For now. Wait a little bit.

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Any idea if the weather is a factor? Japan is blistering in summer heat...

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That fact that two-thirds of adults are considered obese or overweight in Australia may well be a factor too.

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Countries with no authoritarian lockdown and just some sensible recommendations seem to do much better, overall.

Yes, like Japan.

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Plenty of obese people in the US, UK, Australia, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and Italy. Also all have rapidly aging populations. Covid loves that.

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Any idea if the weather is a factor? Japan is blistering in summer heat...

In my opinion, it's not so much a direct effect of temperature on the virus. But I am more and more convinced that increased vitamin D levels from increased sun exposure is very important for surviving the infection.

Spain, France, and even Japan have recently reached increased infection rates comparable to those at their peak a few months ago, but the death rates are so much lower.

I have been making an effort to get regular sun exposure, and I will certainly restart supplementing with vitamin D3 starting this autumn.

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@Reckless

Yes, you are right, the high number of cases occur in areas of low temperatures due to the virus able to keep its outer shell intact longer

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So, how is that draconian lockdown working, Australia?

Countries with no authoritarian lockdown and just some sensible recommendations seem to do much better, overall.

Four weeks ago, mate, we were having days of 600+ and even 700+ per day. We were looking at a New York-type situation. That's when the lockdown came in.

Now, we're having less than 100.

How has the "draconian" lockdown not worked, Zaphod?

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I was about to add impact of lockdown may not be always that apparent when number of cases are already low but if implemented in places with really big numbers impact would surely be noticeable if not dramatic.

Anyway, my bad, article was about deaths increasing not number of new cases. Lockdowns can't be expected to be of much help to those already fighting for their lives in this situation

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The Aussies never do something seriously! This is how their working manner behaves! At the brink of such dire times, they dont see an imminent threat seriously! Thats why their lockdown didnt works!

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That's quite a generalization.

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From another online article:

Not all 41 deaths happened yesterday

Premier Daniel Andrews said only eight of the deaths reported this morning actually occurred yesterday.

The other 33 deaths happened in previous weeks.

For the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic read our coronavirus live blog.

Why was there a delay in reporting those deaths?

At least 37 of the 41 coronavirus deaths reported today were linked to aged care outbreaks.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said the delay in adding 33 of those to the total was largely due to a change in the way aged care facilities reported coronavirus deaths.

"There is a reconciliation that we needed to go through," he said.

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The lock downs are ridiculous people are hurting the economy is screwed time to open up Australia grow a set...

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i@n

Hmm, lockdown not working for some reason?

And your point is... ? (Doing nothing to try to stem the outbreak would be so much better??)

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@elephant200

It seems like you don't understand much about Australians.

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Maybe "nursing homes" has a different meaning in the US. To me it means a kind of "retirement village", full of very old, full-time residents. No one would send patients with an infectious disease from the general population into old folks homes. No one.

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The lockdowns have worked very well So far in those Australian States that enforced them quickly. Western Australia locked down both its State and regional borders to great effect. WA has had NO community spread since last April. Western Australia is in an enviable position thanks to our lockdowns and hard borders. The only cases being detected are among returning Australians and they are held in quarantine. Our regional borders are now open, and residents can travel freely within our vast State. Most restrictions have been lifted. Restaurants, schools etc are open. Businesses are operating. We can gather in reasonably large groups . weddings and funerals can be attended. To date, WA residents have not been advised that they need to wear masks. As a Victorian friend commented to me a few days ago .. “how lucky are you living an almost normal life in WA”. The main problem with CV is in Victoria and NSW .. not the whole of Australia.

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Consumer spending.........had declined by only 3% across the rest of Australia.

Only a fool would take on faith the claim that the damage to the national accounts (excluding Victoria) is a piddling 3%. With next to no foreign tourists since April, a huge reduction in the number of interstate travelers, and subtract the tens (hundreds?) of thousands of foreign students not allowed in, the damage to the national accounts must be many multiples of that.

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