Lockdowns, restrictions,– it suddenly feels very deja vu virus. It shouldn’t be like this; the government and us are to blame. Well, here we are again. Covid wise, it suddenly feels a lot like March 2020 . We thought we had seen the back of nationwide restrictions. Now tthey’reall the rage, it seems. In Sydney, where the of residents haven’t had a lockdown for more than a year, baking has begun in earnest; activewear has been rediscovered as people decide, en masse, that midwinter is indeed the perfect time for some outdoor exercise; Zoom passwords, long forgotten, have been reset. And it isn’t just Sydney; cases are popping up like hibachis on MasterChef.
In the Northern Territory, a people that live in the most Covid ravaged nation on earth? They’re sunning themselves on Greek beaches.has been announced; masks are now the must-have accessory in Perth, Brisbane, and even Canberra, the latter of which has precisely zero cases. Melbourne, the lockdown expert, must be feeling a bit left out. Within a week, it sad from everyone telling Sydney, “you got this,” to “We’re all in this together.” It was all very deja vu virus. But it shouldn’t be. happen. We are here because of laziness and complacency. And to be honest, iit’skind of embarrassing. Look around the world. In many countries, a level of normalcy is returning. Americans, you know, those
Meanwhile, Sydneysiders are banned from sunning themselves onbeaches. Several at the recent spate of cases. Did NSW fail by locking down too late? Why was the aircrew driver not vaccinated? Should Queensland have forced a Covid-free Victorian traveling to Covid-free NT to spend time in , where he got Covid? All relevant questions. But all of this would matter far less if it were not for two things: fails and a lack of vaccines. first. Undoubtedly, tthat’swhere most of the have come from.
Depending on who you speak to,is either pretty good at keeping COVID-19 at bay, considering the number of people who have flown in, or it iit’sa a leaky shambles. A recent paper from and New ZZealand’sOtago University found 4.9 failures per 1000 positive cases in quarantine, reported The Conversation. Not all of these lead to a lockdown, but it’s clear is imperfectect. The Bendigo miner can attest that the system designed to prevent COVID-19 can also deliver it. And as we now know from the aircrew driver, HQ can be let down by its methods. All these problems have been raised before. And yet, where’s the solution? HQ continues to fall between the planks of the . Decisions to improve the system have been shamblingly slow and protracted in the void.
Yet even this wwouldn’tbe as much of an issue if Australia had enough vaccines. How has WWE wwe’vegone from being thein combating Covid-19 by keeping cases down to a laughing stock for vaccinating so few people? On Monday, Brad Hazzard said that 24 people out of 30 at a party in western Sydney became infected. They were vaccinated. Only six are negative thus far. What do those six have in common? If you look at the economies, Australia ranks 18th on the job ladder. We have fully inoculated just 4.7 percent of the population. Britain and America are at 48 and 46 percent, respectively.
Only India and South Africa have a more dire record. It smells a lot like complacency from both the and, well, us. Last year, those nations torn apart by coronavirus moved heaven and earth to secure vaccines. Australia seemed to take a more pedestrian approach. Sure, we had some bad luck; our homegrown vaccine wwasn’tapproved. But we then had only two left on the shelf. Only one-and-a-half: . Even the UK, the home of AstraZeneca, had more on order. The minimal side effect of blood clots hampered AZ.
That scared off some people. But can we blame them when thean emergency press conference on the evening of an April weeknight to announce it was being restricted? Was all that drama necessary? Many rattled Australians who could get AZ are “waiting for Pfizer” as if the right thing to do is pick shots like we do shaved ham at the deli counter. They have judged that the risk of getting COVID-19 is less than that of clots. Well, now the Delta sstrain’son the loose, and some at are unprotected. Good job, all.
Vast chunks of the British population got AstraZeneca because they recognized the chance of falling ill from COVID-19 was far more likely than from a jab. Yes, the UK is having a. However, hospitalizations are far below where they were during any previous waves. Many Brits are readying themselves for overseas summer holidays just as many Australians prepare for weeks of sourdough baking or calming cab cabin-feverish while in lockdown. Much of the be looking at Australia in puzzlement right now. to low rates of vaccination are so, well, 2020. It was inevitable that Covid was going to leak out again. We should have spent the time building up our defenses. But we didn’t. Australia was lazy. So now WWE is staring deja vu .