Saturday 27th of November 2021

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Health Minister Brad Hazzard sent a very clear – and concerning – message to millions of voters locked down across the state on Tuesday. The NSW government is too busy to be held to account.

Hazzard, one of the most experienced ministers in Macquarie Street, gave what was at times an unedifying performance at the NSW parliamentary inquiry into his government’s handling of this outbreak.

 

Read more:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/no-minister-the-government-does-not-get-to-avoid-lockdown-scrutiny-20210810-p58hkb.html

 

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has refused to publicly release documents detailing the COVID-19 advice chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant provided about locking down Greater Sydney.

Key points:
  • Kerry Chant said authorities didn't know the true extent of the West Hoxton "super spreader" event until it was too late
  • She said the decision to allow most Year 12 students back this month balanced public health and mental health
  • Brad Hazzard criticised the parliamentary committee for asking pointed questions just to "have a go"

During a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday, a fiery Mr Hazzard butted heads with committee members as he and Dr Chant were questioned over the management of the state's growing COVID-19 outbreak.

The committee, made up of Opposition and Greens MPs, asked Dr Chant to provide the precise date she first gave Mr Hazzard advice about locking down Greater Sydney.

Dr Chant said the formal advice to lock down the region was provided in writing to the NSW crisis cabinet on June 25, the same day stay-at-home orders were announced.

But when asked to publicly provide the documents the Health Minister strongly shut down the request.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-10/brad-hazzard-refuses-to-make-covid-health-advice-public/100365386

 

 

Meanwhile:

 

Scott Morrison says giving up on COVID suppression and lockdowns would be “absurd”, in a veiled message to Gladys Berejiklian that the Sydney lockdown must continue until cases are significantly lower.

New South Wales logged another record day of virus cases on Tuesday, with the Prime Minister airing his belief – in a party room meeting and at a later press conference – that lockdown measures can’t be lifted yet.

“The suggestion that somehow we will now say it’s too hard is absurd,” Mr Morrison told colleagues, according to a summary of the meeting provided by a government source.

 

“Australians have worked too hard to put us in the position we are in now, and we need to preserve those things as we go into the next phase. We will get there.”

Gladys feels the Delta strain

NSW recorded another 356 local cases and four deaths on Tuesday, the state’s highest daily caseload throughout the whole pandemic.

Despite cases continuing to rise, Premier Berejiklian has flagged easing some selected lockdown restrictions once her state hits six million vaccination doses.

For weeks she pushed back against calls for tougher restrictions in the Greater Sydney area.

Restrictions were eventually brought in and concentrated on areas on concerns like Sydney’s west and south-west, but case numbers continue to rise in those areas.

“Delta is different. We need to treat it differently, and NSW doesn’t have any intention of putting in strategies that aren’t going to work,” Ms Berejiklian said on Tuesday.

“If we thought they’d have a significant or even marginal impact, of course we’d do those things, but there is no evidence to suggest that.”

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2021/08/10/scott-morrison-lockdowns-nsw/

 

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USA, meanwhile...

HOUSE MINORITY RELEASES ADDENDUM TO REPORT ON COVID-19 ORIGINS


Last week, the minority members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs published an addendum to an earlier China Report that addressed the origin of the COVID-19 virus. The addendum alleges that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the source of the outbreak, that gain-of-function research can be done without leaving a trace, and that EcoHealth Alliance took steps to cover up the evidence.

 


GLOBAL COVID-19 UPDATE


The U.S. is averaging 100,000 new COVID-19 cases per day as numbers soar globally. U.S. hospitals have reported younger COVID-19 patients during this wave, as have those in the U.K., where one in five hospitalized COVID-19 patients are young adults between 18 and 34 years of age. Meanwhile, Canada has announced it will open its borders to vaccinated Americans. New Zealand also announced a plan to open borders due to economic impacts on the country’s businesses. India has approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the Chinese government announced a pledge to donate 2 billion doses of vaccines globally by the end of the year.

 

Note: this information comes from the AAAS (Science Magazine) Policy Alert (10/08/2021 US time)... relayed to Gus by a friend.

 

See also:

 

Jennifer Aniston has influenced millions of women to cut their hair to be just like Rachel on Friends — could she influence millions more to cut anti-vaxxers out of their lives?

Aniston, whose reach spans generations of fans, last week revealed she had cut off people who won't get the COVID-19 vaccine.

"I've just lost a few people in my weekly routine who have refused or did not disclose [whether or not they had been vaccinated], and it was unfortunate," Aniston told InStyle magazine.

"It's tricky because everyone is entitled to their own opinion but a lot of opinions don't feel based in anything except fear or propaganda."

Aniston later told her 37.7 million Instagram followers an unvaccinated person could infect her even though she was vaccinated.

"I may get slightly sick but I will not be admitted to a hospital and or die. BUT I CAN give it to someone else who does not have the vaccine and whose health is compromised (or has a previous existing condition) — and therefore I would put their lives at risk. THAT is why I worry. We have to care about more than just ourselves here," Aniston wrote.

Dozens of high-profile celebrities including Dolly Parton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joe Jonas have shared their experiences getting the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to encourage others to do the same.

But Aniston is the first major influencer to denounce those who choose to not get vaccinated.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-10/jennifer-aniston-cuts-off-people-who-refuse-covid-vaccine/100362204

 

Note: There is no proof "that the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the source of the outbreak". There is high probability that gain-of-function research can be done without leaving a trace and about 50 per cent chances that EcoHealth Alliance took steps to cover up the evidence. See also: 

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NSW recorded 344 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and two more deaths in the 24 hours to 8:00pm yesterday.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned that the surge in cases seen over the last two days was likely to continue.

A man in his 90s and a man in his 30s have died after contracting COVID-19.

Ms Berejiklian said the man in his 30s had other underlying health conditions and the man in his 90s was not vaccinated.

There have been 91 COVID-19 fatalities in NSW since the start of the pandemic. 

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-08-11/nsw-records-344-new-covid-19-cases/100366832

 

Meanwhile in Joe Biden's America:

 

Read from top: 100,000 new cases per day... On 9/08/2021, 720 Americans died from Covid-19...