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Michael norton, August 31, 08:44:
– “Australia to come out of Lock-Down…”
Australia wasn’t in lockdown. From the BBC link, Australia’s Prime Minister was:
– “…referring to the multiple city lockdowns and closed state borders. […] Western Australia and Queensland […] along with South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory – have Covid rates at zero or near to zero, after sealing off their borders.”
It’s a mistake to judge Australia by the UK policy of national lockdowns; after their initial lockdown, Australia moved to instant but short and regional lockdowns, which is working very effectively, except (1) New South Wales made restrictions voluntary and (2), about the same time, the Delta variant got in. You can very clearly see what’s happening here:
Endcoronavirus.org – green-zone-rankings – Australia
Nearly 90% of the cases are in New South Wales, but it’s also bleeding into adjacent territories.