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Sydney lockdown extended by 4 weeks as virus outbreak grows

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The NSW police are violating every possible principle of a free government and this is the very excuse the West used to invade Iraq and Syria because their respective governments were abusing the accord on international human rights.

-9 ( +8 / -17 )

This seems severe.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

yeah this is not good at all for any government to have this much power over the people.

1 ( +9 / -8 )

Glad they wouldn’t let us come back, we’d have nothing to our names, no freedom and no vaccine. Police state!

2 ( +9 / -7 )

In recent weeks, police have doled out fines to those violating the restrictions.

No jobs and fines if you go out?

Does the Australian government want to kill the people?

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A total of 117 new cases in a city of millions. And this is a sufficient reason to keep a lockdown going?

Talk about scraping for an excuse to engage in tyranny.

If this tyrannical lockdown really worked, there shouldn't be 117 new cases. There should be much fewer than that, if any at all.

So obviously the lockdown, besides being tyrannical, isn't even working. What do they call it when the same failed policy is tried again expecting a different result? It's called insanity, that's what.

And how many have actually died of the COVID in Sydney recently? The media doesn't say, which leads me to believe it's a tiny few people -- and that they're elderly, who should be the main (even sole) focus of protection efforts.

They say that people's true character comes out in a crisis. Well, with this one, politicians' true character has definitely come out -- it has revealed just how draconian and control-freaky these people really are at heart.

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what was that saying? 14 days to flatten the curve?

now its changed to full elimination of every single case (which is impossible) before people can have their lives back.

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This is for the people of Australia to sort out...or not. Silence = consent.

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One very important figure was missing in this article- the number of Covid deaths in Sydney. It is generally recognized that the Delta variant is more contageous than usual Covid. But is also seems much less deadly, even among the unvaccinated.

According to Worldometer, Oz is having between zero and two Covid deaths per day in the entire country. Makes a paranoid person wonder what the true purpose of this lockdown is...

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This is a required action supported by the majority. Sydney will get a grip on the spread and reopen as Melbourne did. The Delta variant poses increased containment issues as it spreads so easily.

Sydney is doing the right thing.

-3 ( +5 / -8 )

Crazy stuff...this is what happens when politicians have too much control....

2 ( +7 / -5 )

the australian government is doing the best they can under the circumstances. it is winter over there and it's important that people follow the guidelines set forth by the health experts if they want to keep everyone safe.

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Everybody deserves to do their ESSENTIAL work in order to pay their bills. These lockdowns are so severe and will do much more damage than Covid.

4 ( +9 / -5 )

Good. As long as it take. 4 weeks, 4 months, even 4 years. Must get vaccinated and overcome this virus.

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Blacklabel - what was that saying? 14 days to flatten the curve?

Yes, that’s right! Until you have thousands of idiots disregarding the restrictions and spreading the virus. The 5,000 idiots protesting the lockdowns on the weekend not wearing masks or distancing are part of the reason. If people would follow the guidelines by staying home, wearing masks and social distancing the virus would be under control by now (again). Don’t blame the government for people’s refusal to comply with the restrictions. Don’t blame the government for extending the lockdown. Blame the small percentage of idiots who are disregarding the restrictions and spreading the virus.

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The worst handling of the virus of any developed country. They’ll have lockdowns for years.

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People that are most opposed to how Australia's states handles the pandemic are usually the same ones who don't wear masks in public, won't get vaccinated and are generally amongst those with the greatest sense of self entitlement. They are just not team players. They exercise their so called free speech to its fullest, bandying about words like dictatorship, tyranny and comparing a health emergency rules to North Korea and so forth. They are basically just the lowest of the low in terms of human behaviour. They lack empathy and they certainly in most cases do nothing to help. The fact is that the NSW premier has tried and failed to handle it without the short sharp lockdowns that other states have deployed so successfully. Now it's come back to bite her in the proverbial and her constituents are paying a painful price that's not helped at all by the number of people who are recklessly endangering others by not following the laws in place to protect the community.

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8100 to date cases, sadly 67 deaths to date. 0.82% death rate.yep that justifies this cirus.

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Just adopt the Japanese govt PCR testing guidelines... Sydney's infections will drop to single figures overnight.

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The worst handling of the virus of any developed country.

Mixed bag.

Good in the early stages of the pandemic but the handling of vaccines has been a disaster.

My home country, the UK, had a disastrous time in the early stages but did pretty well with the vaccination drive.

Overall, the Aussie economy has done quite well through this.

Your comment is straight off the rightwing hymn sheet. This hymn sheet is not very useful in honest, serous discussions.

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Bradley, well said. But trust is fragmenting and there’s some counter narratives, one in particular regarding the suppression of alternative strategies such as Ivermectin that’s adding fuel to the fire. Aussie always been by nature distrustful of authority so in a way you can’t be too surprised.

Agree people throwing terms like ‘tyranny’ and North Korean style ‘dictatorships’ though, need to learn more about the actual outside world. Straya has it pretty damn good , bit of an island mentality getting in the way of informed judgement. Another month ay? Calm heads ozzies! Don’t let the emotions of the situation get the better of yaz.

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Just read an article that the country of Bhutan has been able to inoculate 90% of its people, mostly with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine are reported as 67% effective against the Delta variant of Covid, while the Pfizer vaccine is reported as 88% effective against the Delta variant. If 90% are 67% protected, then 60% of the 100% are protected. If 90% are 88% protected, then 79% of the 100% are protected.

If the 25 million people of Australia would just hurry up and get vaccinated, they could avoid further lockdowns.

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8100 to date cases, sadly 67 deaths to date. 0.82% death rate.yep that justifies this cirus.

Why is it people have this idea that only a high number of deaths justifies a lockdown? That makes no sense when the purpose of the lockdown is to prevent a high number of deaths.

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Given that the virus is now endemic and will not go way, these bureaucrats seem to have now decided to shut down the city for good. Insane.

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Haaa Nemui

Why is it people have this idea that only a high number of deaths justifies a lockdown? That makes no sense when the purpose of the lockdown is to prevent a high number of deaths.

You argument would only make sense if there was evidence that no lockdown = high number of deaths. Is there?

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Bobo

8100 to date cases, sadly 67 deaths to date. 0.82% death rate.yep that justifies this circus.

Apparently so, in Sydney! Did they give details about the 67 deaths? All healthy individuals apart from Corona, we can assume? No co-morbidities, no other factors? The media do not seem to be curious to know.

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You argument would only make sense if there was evidence that no lockdown = high number of deaths. Is there?

There has been in some places, which is why in Sydney they are being proactive to avoid the high death rates. It’s too late to do something once all the people have died already. Putting your seatbelt on after an accident is doing it too late.

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All healthy individuals apart from Corona, we can assume?

I don’t know about all, but some definitely yes.

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syzyguy:

the australian government is doing the best they can under the circumstances.

I have started to doubt Australian policies: if keeping adults in an artificial Gem-Free Room for so long is good for health. How in the world can you develop immunity in our body in that way? Over-protection will weaken the people, thus endangering people's lives in the real world.

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Blacklabel

what was that saying? 14 days to flatten the curve?

now its changed to full elimination of every single case (which is impossible) before people can have their lives back.

It's totally possible. Look at New Zealand.

WilliB

You argument would only make sense if there was evidence that no lockdown = high number of deaths. Is there?

Yes.

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