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New UK mask rules start as Johnson under fire over parties

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Face masks are once again compulsory in indoor public spaces

In Japan people are doing that volunteer!

Even outside and in cars when nobody is around.

That is the difference between Japan and many western countries.

Most People here in Japan understand what need to be done to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Even outside and in cars when nobody is around.

That's scientifically proven to be the key element for infection control. Keep it up Japan.

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It's not fair to compare Japan with the UK. Japan has its own natural social distancing culture, almost universal mask wearing and a lack of gullible conspiracy believers.

Also a leadership though far from perfect, doesn't wait two weeks to implement an obvious, simple measure to help prevent the spread.

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This is going to cause problem for many people in Parliament and others working closely there, as the mask mandate will impede their ability to snort coke in bathrooms on the premises.

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I get wanting to return to a semblance of normalcy but they pulled the trigger too soon on lifting all Covid measures in the UK. They at the very least should have kept the mandate on having to wear masks in public places - indoor and outdoor - along with on public transport because traditionally, there isn't a mask wearing culture there like here and in other Asian countries.

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Everyone should just be issued a space suit with an independent air supply to wear outside the home for three months. That should work.

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This is a correct move by PM Johnson. Masking/shots needs to be rigorously enforced until this deadly virus is completely eradicated once and for all.

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UK folk are all familiar with the notion that "there's one law for Them, and one law for us". The Tories have always assiduously striven to confirm this truism with their scofflaw arrogance and practice of impunity for themselves and their peers who enjoy positions of power. In a pathetic, topsy-turvy attempt to curry favor with the plebs, Bojo is now encouraging the general population to celebrate Christmas in the usual fashion while announcing that the government will cancel its Chrimbo "gatherings". You couldn't make this "Monty Pythonesque" one up, but Johnson always does, not that anything can now save him from his inevitable fall from grace and the end of his unfunny clown show.

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Omicron is a positive mutation; spreads easily but not causing any deaths.

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@Monty

It may be masks but nobody knows how Japan has managed to do so well.

Somebody will figure it out in the future but for now keeping wearing your mask but nobody can honestly say that that has been a key to success.

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All I want for Christmas is the demise of Johnson.

He is the epitome of everything that is wrong as a leader.

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About 100 people are dying every day in the UK.

About 1,300 people are dying per day in the US, with 32,000 expected to die by the end of the year.

About 1-2 people are dying per day in Japan.

Less than 10 people are dying per day in Australia.

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Pelosi, Newsom, Cuomo, Johnson…Liberal Elites are all the same…”what’s good for thee, but not for me”.

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@proxy, i think South Africa might disagree with you on that. Whether it is a positive mutation. Their hospitals are being overloaded with cases and is already near collapse. And when you cannot handle enough cases, death can easily happen. Plus there is then no room for any other patients with other illness or in need of medical help.

And when the population get sick, you can't work or go out. Which means the economy, public services and industry shut down and that cause more misery for the people and businesses. Which means less consumer spending and inflation. And this also means less people willing to have children and be pregnant. So i don't see it anywhere near positive. Especially not if some covid side effects don't disappear or you can get easily reinfected again.

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Happy Day 09:53 am JST

Pelosi, Newsom, Cuomo, Johnson…Liberal Elites are all the same…”what’s good for thee, but not for me”.

Boris Johnson a Liberal Elite? My word, the utter drivel one finds on here sometimes is amazing.

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@Hiro Are you telling me that 546 serious cases in a country of 60,000,000 overloaded their hospitals?

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@proxy, you are funny. Even the best medical hospitals like South Korea cannot handle 500 critical cases without being burn out. What makes you think a country like South Africa can? And what makes you think only 546 goes to the hospital? Thousands are arriving there every day. They aren't critical but doesn't mean they aren't sick.

Most hospitals do not have a lot of ICU rooms to give nor do they have enough nurses and doctors to handle these patients while also doing their daily work treating other patients.

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@Hiro The global COVID database lists 546 serious cases in South Africa.

South Korea has 857 serious cases which is significantly more, 57% more.

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@Monty and El Rata. True. I would say most people here in Japan take it seriously when it comes to mask. We wear it voluntarily and make sure it is worn properly besides other social distancing etiquettes and personal hygiene… Trains are packed and shops filled. I just feel wearing a mask inside a car when noone else is around a bit too much. Maybe they want to save time to put it back on getting out? I don’t do it. I don’t wear mask while running out in the open as well.

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Pelosi, Newsom, Cuomo, Johnson…Liberal Elites are all the same…”what’s good for thee, but not for me”.

That’s quite a list. Never heard Johnson described as a liberal before and expect neither has he.

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Bob FosseToday  12:19 pm JST

That’s quite a list. Never heard Johnson described as a liberal before and expect neither has he.

There's a whole new world out there Bob:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2008/dec/04/boris-johnson-london-mayor-conservatives

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@hattorikun

The reason that some people are seen in their cars wearing a mask is because they are running a series of errands and masks should not be touched when on except when being taken off and thrown in the garbage.

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Thanks Reg for the nearly 15 year old news article.

Here’s something from this year, funnily enough from the same newspaper

https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/07/the-guardian-view-on-boris-johnsons-liberalism-no-more-than-a-myth

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Bob FosseToday  01:12 pm JST

Thanks Reg for the nearly 15 year old news article.

That's great Bob that you read it. Feels good doesn't it?

Here’s something from this year, funnily enough from the same newspaper

https://amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jul/07/the-guardian-view-on-boris-johnsons-liberalism-no-more-than-a-myth

You are right--it is funny! Because I was going to post that too.

The reason? Because it discusses BoJo and whether or not he is a liberal.

And my aim was not to prove he is a liberal. Only that it was unique that, in your words, you never heard him described as a liberal (almost your words! I'll post your quote below).

Bob FosseToday  12:19 pm JST

That’s quite a list. Never heard Johnson described as a liberal before and expect neither has he.

So you see Bob, it looks like at least now you have heard BoJo described as a liberal. Even the Great Donald Trump discusses that theme, which again, makes me express surprise that you never heard Boris Johnson described as a liberal.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/donald-trump-complains-boris-johnson-234800893.html

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'The Mask Country' actually started from South Korea back in 2000 around when plastic surgery was becoming popular and they started to wear mask to hide.

It became a fashion trend in Japan but the Japanese started to thought about others to get rid of flu symtoms, so eventually they got th3 habit of wearing.

Then SARS started, and Chinese people also started to wear mask since then.

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Omicron is a positive mutation; spreads easily but not causing any deaths.

But it can make you ill enough to be hospitalised. Admissions are rising rapidly.

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Resist!

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

Someone posts facts on daily death rates.

Some people vote it down.

Some people must be against facts.

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