Australia Shows That Zero COVID Doesn’t Work

"There has been no victory, and the fear of lockdown permanently hangs over our heads"

It must be tempting, from overseas, to see Australia as the country that defeated Covid-19. A land where the suffering of 2020 was worth it, allowing Australians to be free of the restrictions crippling Britain.

Wrong. There has been no victory, and the fear of lockdown permanently hangs over our heads.

For Victorians, it is no longer a threat. The entire state has been thrown into another lockdown since 12 February, with no warning at all, due to one ‘cluster’ of cases. All non-essential businesses are closed, private and public gatherings are banned, and people are locked in the place they live for 22 hours a day. Countless Valentine’s Day plans ruined – for both lovers and businesses that have come to rely on this day to keep themselves afloat.

There are 21 active cases of Covid in the state. Just one new case in the 24 hours to 15 February was locally transmitted. The population of Victoria is over six-and-a-half million. You cannot imagine the shock that went through the community from this snap lockdown in response to so few cases.

This is the reality of the Australian experience. Perth was locked down for five days earlier this month after one person contracted the virus. South Australians had the harshest lockdown this country has seen — including a ban on leaving your home for exercise — after one individual with a positive test result lied to contact tracers about whether he went to a pizza shop to work or to collect a pizza.

Every time a new case of Covid is detected, Australians panic. And we do so due to Australia’s elimination strategy. Australia is pursuing a Zero Covid strategy — the complete removal of Covid from the country, with no reintroduction. We’re not pursuing this officially – no government would openly indulge such a ridiculous proposal – but this is essentially what is happening.

And regular people are paying the price for it. Speaking about losses to the Victorian economy this weekend, Paul Guerra, the chief executive of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘We’ve had estimates north of $500million, nudging that billion-dollar mark.’

This is not an abstract number; this is money lost by business owners, workers and other Australians who suffer yet again for the panicking and incompetence of our government.

The losses do not affect all parts of the community equally. So while florists were forced to close on the biggest day of business in their year, supermarkets, which can sell flowers, were allowed to remain open.

Also allowed to remain open is the Australian Open tennis tournament. The message to Victorians is clear: the only thing standing between you and your normal life is a better slice backhand.

What makes this even more enraging is Australia’s lack of vaccine rollout. Despite assurances from prime minister Scott Morrison that Australia was at the ‘front of the queue’ for vaccines, no one in Australia has received one.

By comparison, the US has administered 53.8million doses, the UK has given at least one dose to 15 million citizens, and even Costa Rica is ahead of Australia, with 75,000 doses distributed. Incredibly, Morrison still says our vaccination programme is ‘on track’.

All of this raises a serious question: when can we be sure there will be no more lockdowns? If 20 active cases can send a state into lockdown, what level of vaccine rollout would be needed to make sure we do not have our rights taken away again? Does every citizen need to be vaccinated before we declare it is safe to go back to normal?

This is the danger of an elimination strategy: if the aim is always zero cases, then any outbreak will be seen as intolerable. Lockdowns will always be a proposed — or preferred — policy response.

The correct approach is obvious. A thorough vaccination programme and improving medical capacity. Research from the Institute of Public Affairs, outlined in our report Medical Capacity: An Alternative to Lockdowns, shows that lockdowns are a poor alternative to an approach centred on ensuring medical capacity is up to the demand. [Actually, capacity nowhere ran out and lockdowns do nothing to reduce it.]

Britons are told lockdowns are necessary. That they work. That they are worth it because the Australian example shows that with enough freedoms removed, enough businesses closed, you can leave lockdown eventually and start to live with dignity again.

This is not true. Because until governments realise that freedoms are worth holding on to, and that life must return to normal even if there are risks, the threat of lockdowns will always be with us.

Source: Spiked

  1. ken says

    Thank God Australia, NZ and the UK are islands. Thus this level of stupidity can be quarantined! Yes, Canada and the rest of the West are rapidly approaching this meter pegging stupid level but only because the ‘officials’ didn’t lockdown soon enough.

    Stupidity is the only known element that spreads faster then a disappearing Biden cogent thought.

    1. ken says

      Why would the author be upset about no vaccines for Australia? The CDC and WHO have already stated that the “vaccine” does not stop the spread and that the beatings will continue.

      Anyone with two working neurons should be able to deduce that if the “vaccine” doesn’t stop the spread then that “vaccine” did not prevent the disease and thus does not work.
      My question: Who would want to take this concoction of who knows what, when it doesn’t work!
      Answer: See my post above.

  2. GMC says

    I just got off the internet with a good friend that works in Africa and when I asked him – Hows it going – he said – sweatin my ass of > lol Then he said the town close to where he works has just put up a corona virus curfew – late afternoon until morning. I asked him ” How come all the viruses die in summer but this one seems to hang in even when its 110 degrees. Good question – maybe because it’s a BioWeapon and it’s a synthetic type that isn’t suppose to die off with heat. It’s high time to really find out where this came from and take out those labs.

  3. Mark says

    Australia is merely an extra-enthusiastic model for aspiring governments everywhere who would like to lock down at the first whisper of ‘new cases’.I’m glad the author properly categorized Australia’s ‘zero COVID’ goal as ridiculous, because it is. Many other countries do not seem to realize that even if you manage to completely eradicate it for a moment in time in your country, you can never again allow anyone from that country to travel beyond its borders, never let anyonme from another country in, not even truck drivers carrying produce or meat or monkey wrenches or whatever. If the virus is so wickedly contagious, and if there is any such thing as asymptomatic transmission – a phenomenon which is presumed to occur (“follow the science!!”) despite there not being any documented evidence that it ever has – then any country which eliminates it must lock down hard and tight and never step over its borders again. Nobody who makes it out can be allowed back in, else it will only start back up again, and will take off like a forest fire in a vulnerable population in which there is no herd immunity.

    As many must be awaking to realize they have no ‘community’, just a bunch of red-faced angry non-thinking fellow citizens eager to scream at them to wear a fucking mask, for God’s sake, it must also b e dawning on them that most of world government is incompetent, and there are really only two possibilities; government officials know full well the coronavirus is not really very dangerous, and are deliberately stoking fear so as to gain a degree of control over their citizens never seen outside wartime. Otherwise, they are stupid and prone to panic, neither being stellar qualities for leadership.

    The world’s population is being pushed toward an acknowledgement that the only defense against the coronavirus is herd immunity, at the same time that it is being manipulated to believe the only way to achieve it is through vaccination..Once everyone, or the absolute most that can be pressured into it, has been vaccinated, they will be conditioned to accept that COVID is endemic like the common cold, will always be with us, and an annual booster shot is critical to prevent flare-ups. Meanwhile the definition of ‘herd immunity’ is being modified to remove any mention that it can be achieved for free by being infected and surviving, which more than 99% do.

  4. Jim Yost says

    Coronamania Quotes – Regarding mentally and morally deranged hypocrites like Dr. Falsie and Bill Gates and people in power who they control (or who control them), their cockamamie face diaper mandates, ‘Lockdowns,’ vaccines, social distancing, etc. and the ever growing public outcry against them and their worthless agendas:

    “Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed.” Isaiah 10:1 in the King James Version
    “Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against.” Thomas Carlyle
    “The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.” Frederick Douglass
    “Any general loathing of a gang or sect usually has some sound basis in instinct.” Ezra Pound
    “Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.” Henry David Thoreau
    “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” Henry David Thoreau
    “It’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” Alexander Lukashenko
    “They will create the virus themselves and will sell you the antidote.” Muammar al Gaddafi
    “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, pervasive, and unrealistic.” John F. Kennedy.
    “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.” Joseph Goebbels (Director of Hitler’s ministry of propaganda)
    “It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.” Eric Hoffer
    “Those who fervently seek the annihilation of others are really driven by the longing for self-annihilation.” Emile Durkheim
    “All ambitions are lawful except those that climb upward on the miseries and credulities of mankind.” Henry Ward Beecher 
    “If all else fails, immorality can always be assured by spectacular error.” John Kenneth Galbraith
    “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” Frederick Douglass
    “The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” Frederick Douglass
    “The defiance of established authority, religious and secular, social and political, as a worldwide phenomenon may well one day be accounted the outstanding event of the decade.” Hannah Arendt, 1969 
    “The greatest evil perpetrated is the evil committed by nobodies, that is by human beings who refuse to be persons.” Hannah Arendt
    “Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is rotten to the core.” Hannah Arendt
    “Totalitarianism in power invariably replaces all first-rate talents regardless of their sympathies, with those crackpots and fools whose lack of intelligence and creativity are still the last guarantee of their loyalty.” Hannah Arendt
    “Before man’s leaders seize the power to fit reality to their lies, their propaganda is marked by its extreme contempt for facts as such, for in their opinion fact depends entirely on the power of men who can fabricate it.” Hannah Arendt
    “Love by its very nature is unworldly, and it is for this reason, rather than its rarity, that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical forces.” Hannah Arendt 
    “Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.” Arthur Schopenhauer
    “If you give someone power, they’re going to use it.” Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
    “Force does not constitute right… obedience is due only to legitimate powers.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau
    “Dressed in the lion’s skin the ass spread terror far and wide.” Jean de La Fontaine
    “Force may make hypocrites, but it can never make converts.” William Penn
    “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” William Penn
    “Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed.” William Penn
    “Technology is dominated by those who manage what they do not understand.” Murphy (from Murphy’s Laws)
    “It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.” Murphy.
    “If you build a system that a fool can use, only a fool will use it.”Murphy
    “The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” Nikola Tesla
    “The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment. The Law of God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide. The wicked watcheth the righteous and seeketh to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged. Wait on the Lord and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and lo, he was not: Yea, I sought him but he could not be found.” Psalm 37:30-36 in the King James Version.

  5. Mr Reynard says

    Pol Pot adopted son agree.. He’s struggling on $8489.21 a week …×900

  6. Ari G says

    Stick the vaccine where the sun doesn’t shine buddy! If you fear the flu that badly I’ll give you mine. In fact I’ll give you my repeat jab too.
    You start out whining about how the governments led by incompetent unelected health officials are destroying life for everyone instead of throwing ur mask away and getting on with life and then have the temerity to invoke a vaccination program that is anything but proven effective if not out dangerous.
    its about time Aussies grew a set and lived up to their reputation!

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