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COVID-hit Australian aid ship to dock in virus-free Tonga despite risk

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With 85% of its population affected, the country needs the aid. Obviously the Tongan government has decided to prioritise that over the virus risk, and every precaution that can be taken around the unloading and handling of the aid is being taken. Good luck to the Tongans, who must be feeling at the moment that everything is against them. Hopefully this assistance, with more to come, will help to remedy that feeling.

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So healthy but unvaccinated Nole was "national threat" for Morrison but aussie infected soldiers are not/for Tongans/ ...nice double standard...

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It seems Tonga by allowing this ship to dock is choosing to go with the Australian COVID policy of letting, even encouraging some would say, the virus to spread through the population

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Seems now someone will have to get aid to the ship.

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Tonga is a very beautiful island, beautiful people, however, there is very little in natural resources. My heart goes out to all the people of Tonga. My memories of being on your beautiful island so many years ago stay strong and I hope there will be a day where many others can have those same moments.

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Eastman

So healthy but unvaccinated Nole was "national threat" for Morrison but aussie infected soldiers are not/for Tongans/ ...nice double standard...

Umm, no. Did you even read the article?

Piukala said contactless protocols were being applied to all relief supplies, including the HMAS Adelaide, meaning all goods offloaded from foreign planes or ships were left in isolation for three day before Tongans could handle them.

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2020hindsights

yes I did and there is clearly double standard as Tongans may be some kind of "ubermensch" for "great aussies".

like A and B class people.so "democratic" and "fair".

tongans were spared from covid now will get infected...great what do you think?

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Eastman

Did it ever occur to you that the decision to allow the aid to land was made by the government of TONGA, not the government of Australia? Clip the barrow you’re trying to push on to some other issue, this one ain’t working.

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What a dilemma for Tonga. Let's hope that the no contact delivery works, and that parking all the supplies for 3 days is enough to inactivate any virus.

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I would think the Tongans prefer to live with the virus rather than dying without it. Ridiculous lack of perspective in articles like this.

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It seems Tonga by allowing this ship to dock is choosing to go with the Australian COVID policy of letting, even encouraging some would say, the virus to spread through the population

Might seem that way to some , most people would probably agree Tonga is choosing to get badly needed water purification equipment and essential supplies first and foremost.

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So 29 people with COVID on a 600 person ship with 100% vaccination rate?

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Eastman

Umm, no. Did you even read the article?

yes I did and there is clearly double standard as Tongans may be some kind of "ubermensch" for "great aussies".

like A and B class people.so "democratic" and "fair".

tongans were spared from covid now will get infected...great what do you think?

So you didn't read the article. OK. The Tongans won't get covid. Try reading next time.

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WilliB

I would think the Tongans prefer to live with the virus rather than dying without it. Ridiculous lack of perspective in articles like this.

But actually, your thoughts about the Tongans are wrong. Not sure how you arrived at that conclusion. They would rather be virus free.

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Might seem that way to some , most people would probably agree Tonga is choosing to get badly needed water purification equipment and essential supplies first and foremost.

Yes I agree too and I can understand how that takes priority over the fear of the virus and this this is worth following the Australian policy of letting, some would say encouraging, the virus to spread to everybody

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So 29 people with COVID on a 600 person ship with 100% vaccination rate?

Yes well pointed out - another vaccination "success" story that no one seems to take notice of

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Starve to death or risk a runny nose. Hmmm……

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It appears some people are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill !

Its difficult to say your virus free if you dont have any symptoms.

Anyway i assume Tonga is very appreciative of the help.

And what about the Japanese aid thats on its way or the water that was previously delivered via C-130 to Tonga ? Was that delivery virus free?

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So 29 people with COVID on a 600 person ship with 100% vaccination rate?

Yes well pointed out - another vaccination "success" story that no one seems to take notice of

It is. 29 people out of 600 is 4.8% That means the vaccine has protected 95.2% of the crew. No one has ever claimed any vaccine is 100% effective. 95% effective is very good.

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Starve to death or risk a runny nose. Hmmm……

Covid-19 is a lot worse than a simple runny nose. I have some first hand experience. Do not try to dismiss how severe it can be for many who contract it.

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Desert Tortoise

Covid-19 is a lot worse than a simple runny nose. I have some first hand experience. Do not try to dismiss how severe it can be for many who contract it.

Depends on the variant. Omicron, which is taking over the world now, is extremely mild. I just had it, and had zero symptoms. Hospitalization in Omicron areas have completely de-coupled from infections. Look at the data.

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2020hindsights

But actually, your thoughts about the Tongans are wrong. Not sure how you arrived at that conclusion. They would rather be virus free.

They would rather be virus free than ALIVE? Seriously, that is what you think of them?

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@WilliB

Clearly the Tongan's, like everyone else would rather be virus free AND alive. Any other description is false.

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Depends on the variant. Omicron, which is taking over the world now, is extremely mild. I just had it, and had zero symptoms. 

I just had it and it wasn't zero symptoms. My wife too. We are still coughing all the time to the point of being worn out from it and it caused me to loose my voice so speak for yourself.

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trying to contain a virus is like trying to hold back the tide.

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trying to contain a virus is like trying to hold back the tide.

Has worked against the Ebola virus a number of times and just as well.

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