This is really a big surprise. Maybe this is because the Chinese government is worried if restrictions in other countries who use the Chinese vaccines are easing and there is still a substantial amount of people get sick with covid. They can say "I did tell you that the vaccine does not have a very high protection rate."
Unfortunately for those countries, the Chinese vaccine is their only option. A vaccine with low protection is still better than no protection.
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Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal.
Did they test if a symptomatic covid-19 patient coughing or sneezing in a public space without a mask is safe for people surrounding him? Did they test if people wipe their noses with their fingers and touch things in public places and then it is safe when others touchs those things?
If you drive without fastening a seatbelt is fine until you are involved in an accident. The wearing of the seatbelt make the whole difference if you comes out of it alive or not.
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FYI, below is from another Australuan news article:
Mr Morrison pointed out that the risk of the blood clots was only about four to six in a million.
This is far lower than the risk of clots among people taking the contraceptive pill (one in 2,000) or travelling on planes (one in 4,656 flights lasting over four hours). In fact, up to 30% of people who have COVID-19 will get thrombocytopenia, making the risk from the virus much higher, Professor Munir Pirmohamed, chair of the UK’s Committee of Human Medicines, told Sky News.
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NZ domestic tourism is just not big enough to support its tourism industry. According to ABC News Australians accounts for 40% of NZ's international tourist pre-covid. However, people on both sides are aware that the bubble can burst when there is a new outbreak and tourists will be stranded.
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Maybe people can look at it from another angle. Are we naive enough to think that covid can be supressed in mega cities like Tokyo and Osaka? People should be glad that these infestous virus carriers are found.
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Suga was initially reluctant to designate the coronavirus semi-emergency status to the prefectures of Osaka, neighboring Hyogo and Miyagi in the northeastern region, according to people familiar with his thinking.
Is there a word or phase called "semi-emergency" in English or Japanese? I can read kanji so to me "半緊急" does not make any sense.
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FYI back on 28 Jan January on ABC News Australia:
New Zealand Trade Minister advises Australia to show China more 'respect'
The Federal Government is fuming after New Zealand's Trade Minister suggested Australia could mend ties with China by showing its government more "respect."
China and Australia are mired in several disputes and Beijing has targeted multiple Australian exports with sanctions, although the campaign of economic punishment has not escalated further so far this year.
In contrast, New Zealand this week formally signed an upgrade to its 2008 free trade deal with China.
Money talks. It is the hard truth. At the end of the day, JA and Co are just another bunch of politicians. I laugh every time I read things saying how great she is.
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One interesting thing here at JT is news about Australia comes up really quick.
As a resident of Brisbane I will follow the directions of the government who has been able to surpassed Covid-19.
I am very happy to live in Japan where I am free to do whatever I want to.
Different governments over the world has different strategies against Covid-19. Japan does it the Japanese way and Australia does it the Australian way. By the way, I am glad you are happy, mate.
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People who usually go away for their holidays can no longer do it. If their income are not affected by the pandamic, they are likely to spend their holiday money on other things. That is one of the reason why some retailers are having a bumper year.
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I do not think Doraemon is very well known outside Asia. Dragonball or Mario would be a better choice.
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Seriously do people really believe the members of the royal family are all saints. The royal family is just like another other ordinary family (with lots of money). Members quarrels, back stabs etc. You can say H & M should cope it or should speak out. Just depends on which side you are on.
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Abandoned by your "allies" in a time of need?
Uncle Vlad is offering Sputnik V with open arms.
Australia has done much much better in the fight against Covid-19 than Russia. Russia can keep the vaccine for their citizens who are the ones that needs the vaccine. By the way, why is Russia shipping vaccine to other countries when many of its own people are not yet vaccinated?
Also FYI, from online news:
First locally made AstraZeneca COVID vaccine doses rolling out from March 22
The first locally produced doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines will be administered in just over a fortnight.
Speaking after a meeting of National Cabinet, Federal Health Department secretary Brendan Murphy said the CSL facility in Melbourne was on track to deliver the first batch of doses in the week starting on March 22.
"A million doses-plus a week, which gives us the capacity to really ramp up and broadly vaccinate our population as quickly as possible," he said.
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Mizuho Bank halts service at card-eating ATMs
The most hilarious news headline I have ever seen. Beware of the horrible card-eating ATMS! Hold on to your cards! LOL!
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The online survey conducted earlier this month on 423 elderly people who require home nursing care but do not suffer from dementia showed 43 percent were unsure about receiving shots while 15 percent were against it entirely.
Seriously, only 423 people were surveyed and the result is used to represent the whole elderly population of Japan. At least get 1,000 people or are the people doing the study just too lazy.
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It has nothing to do with gender equality. It is a PR stun. Its aim is to get attention both positive and negative. It is all over the news now. If you respond to it then you are doing exactly what they want. Just ignore it.
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FYI. Back in Oct 2015 here in my home town.
Australia's most notorious suicide bridge: Barriers finally installed on Story Bridge, where 130 people have died since 1975 - and they even have a phone which connects directly to Lifeline
I am not saying every bridge in Japan needs to have barriers. I just want to let others know that there is bridge in the world that is such a hot spot for suicide jumpers that authority has to do something.
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Japan's media said it brought prospects of a gold medal at the coronavirus-delayed Tokyo Olympics "a big step closer"
By the way the following was a news headline a week ago:
"Australian Open favourite Naomi Osaka survives two match points to beat Garbine Muguruza and reach last eight as Serena Williams overcomes Aryna Sabalenka"
Hopefully Naomi can handle all the pressure she are getting now and win the Olympic medal. I wonder if she fails to do it, is there going to be any backlash or if she needs to apologise?
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These factory groups K-pop are just polished up bad imitations of the original group Menudo that started this system back in the 1970s ( look up Ricky Martin if you don't know this).
I am no k-pop fan but you are so bias against K-pop.
I do not listen to hard rocks bands but I do not insult them. I would say their music is not my cup of tea. Music taste is very subjective.
The hottest girl group in the world now is the K-pop group called BLACKPINK. Its 2019 MV 'Kill this love' has 1.2 billion hits on YouTube. Its latest hit 'How you like that' released 7 months ago has 775 millions hits.
Not bad for an imitation.
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Shouldn't the news outlets be paying Facebook for bringing extra readers to their sites? Or am I missing something?
Well. Facebook makes big money with their users' data. Maybe the company should be paying something back, too.
Facebook itself is also a business. Do you seriously think it provides free services to the public? I am no fan of some of those media companies. However, I do not like another Murdoch incarnation.
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In other words, survival rates getting better worldwide. Without Australia’s absurdly draconian lockdowns.
Seriously, mate. Do you watch the news? Many countries all over the world are having some restrictions to contain the virus. On the other hands, states in Australia are relatively restrictions free. Masks are even not mandatory in public places here in Queensland.
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Let's be fair. The move to include regional Victoria is difficult to understand. Increased contact tracing and testing should be carried out first (The state of Victoria should be well equipped to do them after 2 lockdowns) then if situation gets worse then more measures.
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You keep going into lockdown, then open up, lock down again, open up, lock down. The economy can't recover, and in Australia's case,
It is only a five day lockdown. Those happened in Adelaide and Brisbane were less than a week, too. The Sydney one was a bit longer but still less than a month. Unlike those countries in Europe when things got out of control then you have to implement month long lockdown which is disastrous to the economy. In the mean time the information of places which the infected man has been to are available to the public. Residents who have been to those places around the same time as the man are encouraged to do testing. Many residents are listening and are lining up to do testing.
Of course the lockdown cause serious disruption to the society. But we do not have a crystal ball to see the future. So better safe than sorry. Unless you have the guts to take a huge gamble.
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The saddest part of this story is her mother has disappeared for 10 years and yet no one has raised the alarm about her missing for such long period of time. Has the mother got no relatives or friends that cared about her?
I feel really sorry for the cleaner whose job was just to clean the apartment. Finding a dead woman inside a freezer may seriously traumatise him or her.
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This is from an online news site:
‘WE’LL ALL PAY THE PRICE’: Virus warning amid global vaccine war
A global war over vaccines is heating up, with the World Health Organisation saying it could impact the world’s recovery from COVID-19
The European Commission has slapped an immediate export ban on coronavirus vaccines to ensure European citizens can be vaccinated first.
I believe victory is still very, very far away.
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Since infection cases began to rise in November, public health centre officials have asked to further narrow their contact-tracing efforts due to staffing shortages.
Instead of getting more staff to do contract tracing which is an important part to contain the spread, they decide to do nothing except to narrow their efforts. The current SOE may be a result of such bad decision.
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If the games are held behind closed doors, your don't get the massive cash infection of all of the ticket sales. You also don't get the huge tourism boost.
Financially it would make sense to postpone for another year.
From Google search:
The IOC is the owner of the global broadcast rights for the Olympic Games – including broadcasts on television, radio, mobile and internet platforms – and is responsible for allocating Olympic broadcast rights to media companies throughout the world through the negotiation of rights agreements.
No game means no money from those media company to IOC. IOC does not care if there is no tourist, no spectator or even less countries or top athletes participating. It will push ahead no matter what to have something to get their broadcasting fee.
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Authorities said in a statement Saturday that an area comprising 16 buildings in Yau Tsim Mong will be locked down until all residents have undergone tests. Residents will not be allowed to leave their homes until they have received their test results to prevent cross-infection.
News of the area lockdown was leaked at noon yesterday. When authorities were moving in the area last night, residents were seen packing up and moving out. Staff working in shop fled, abandoning shops.
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We two may have very different opinions on how to handle the pandamic but I do agree people should try their best to support local businesses. I hope the Izakaya you are going can pull it through.
Having travel to Japan 7 times in the past 10 years Japan is my most favourite holiday destination. It saddens me to see people working in the tourism sector suffering. I sincerely hope the situation in Japan will get better soon and reopen its borders (at least to Australia). There are many places in Japan I want to visit or re-visit again.
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