The Netherlands has decided not to mandate the wearing of face masks in public, citing the fact that there is no scientific evidence to suggest they are effective against the spread of the coronavirus.
“From a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks” announced Netherlands Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark.
The country’s National Institute for Health (RIVM) noted that it is aware of studies from other countries that purport to show masks slow the spread of disease, but will not be heeding them.
Indeed, RIVM chief Jaap van Dissel warned that wearing masks incorrectly, in addition to the effect masks have of eroding the perceived need for social distancing, could increase the risk of transmission because of a “false sense of security”.
“So we think that if you’re going to use masks (in a public setting) … then you must give good training for it,” he said.
Within the past week in the Netherlands, around 1400 new COVID-19 cases were reported, which equates to 342 more than the week before.
In Sweden, meanwhile, senior epidemiologist Anders Tegnell declared that there is “no point” in wearing masks in public.
“We see no point in wearing a face mask in Sweden, not even on public transport,” Tegnell said.
Sweden, which has not even instituted a lock down at any time, appears to be seeing a downward trend in cases.
At the beginning of this week, Sweden announced just 398 new cases, down from 767 the week before and 2,530 one month ago.
“The curves go down, and the curves over the seriously ill begin to be very close to zero. As a whole, it is very positive,” Tegnell asserted.
South Australia Revokes Lockdown After Revelation One Person Lied to Contact Tracers
Respondents slam decision to lockdown based on flimsy evidence.
South Australia has revoked its draconian lockdown, which banned people from even walking their dogs, after it was revealed that just one person lied to contact tracers.
The lockdown took effect yesterday and banned people from leaving their homes unless for emergency medical reasons or to buy food.
Police even confirmed via Twitter that people who walked their dogs outside would be in violation of the law, prompting a huge backlash.
Now just a day later, the lockdown is set to be revoked after authorities admitted that the one person who sparked the decision had lied to contact tracers.
“South Australia Premier Steven Marshall announced the explosive finding during a Friday press conference, saying that the individual in question purposely misled contact tracers,” reports RT.
“Though he told them he had visited a pizza bar linked to a local outbreak only once, he in fact worked at the establishment and had spent several shifts there during the period in question.”
The government has now acknowledged that the man, who was initially blamed for being a ‘super spreader’, had in fact not been the source of what authorities claimed was a super-infectious strain of the virus.
“Their story didn’t add up. We pursued them. We now know that they lied,” said South Australia Premier Steven Marshall.
Maybe authorities should have confirmed the man’s story before announcing their draconian lockdown? Just a thought.
As of Saturday, the region will now move back into its previous lockdown tier, with many restrictions being lifted again.
Respondents on Twitter slammed the government for imposing the crippling lockdown on the basis of one erroneous case at a pizza place.
We need to understand the epidemiological reasons SA was put into lockdown based on fear over 1 transmission at 1 pizza place.
I'm struggling to understand why the govt made the decision it did. Were they really concerned thousands of people would be infected via pizza boxes?
— casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) November 20, 2020
I dunno. Imagine locking down an entire state because of one case, where the explanation was either “a new super strain of the virus” or “the guy was not honest”. Government equally to blame here??
— Rob McQualter 👁 (@rmcq) November 20, 2020
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AOC Wants Government “To Pay People To Stay Home”
Radical leftists within the Democratic party want forever lockdowns
Extreme leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) tweeted a new stunningly bright idea Thursday night, posting that “To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home.”
Yes, that is correct, an elected representative seriously wants the government to pay Americans to force them to stay inside.
AOC followed up her deranged suggestion by declaring that Republicans are mad at her for the suggestion, but really voted to do the same thing earlier in the year.
Ignoring the fact that it was Nancy Pelosi who advocated the biggest coronavirus slush fund, AOC continued her diatribe:
This is yet more proof that radical leftists within the Democratic party will be pushing Biden to implement even more stringent lockdown restrictions if he manages to fend off Trump’s legal efforts and take office.
GOP Senator Rand Paul has vowed to fight such measures with impunity. On Thursday, Paul doubled down on his pledge, labelling lockdowns as “arbitrary.”
“Let’s hope, in this case, the court will intervene,” Paul said in an interview with Fox Business.
“I’ve been calling my governor for months ‘DWP,’ drunk with power, because he’s taken this power without any consent from the legislature,” the Senator noted, referring to his state of Kentucky.
“…the edicts that are coming from the governor, and from the governor of Michigan, they’re completely arbitrary,” Paul urged, adding “They’re not based in any kind of science. There is really very little objective science to prove that any of this works.”
“They’re theater,” he said. “If you look at the cloth masks, 97% of virus-sized particles go through a cloth mask, so we’re kidding ourselves.”
Report: Government Spies Are Tracking Brits Movements To Check If They’re Complying With Lockdown
GCHQ spooks also tasked with waging war on ‘anti-vaccination conspiracy theories’
GCHQ spooks are monitoring the movement of British people minute by minute to check if they are complying with government restrictions, according to reports.
The London Telegraph (Paywall) reports that spies from Britain’s most secretive intelligence and security organisation, Government Communications Headquarters, have embedded a ‘cell’ within Number 10 Downing Street in order to provide Prime Minister Boris Johnson with real time information pertaining to the public’s movements.
Words we didn't expect to read in 2020:— Big Brother Watch (@BigBrotherWatch) November 19, 2020
"GCHQ analysts have been given access to mobile phone data to track the public's movements during the national lockdown. The up-to-the-minute reports on compliance are passed to the Prime Minister"https://t.co/SKqk5uRw0z
The Daily Mail also reports on the development, which notes that GCHQ, normally tasked with spying on terrorists and foreign powers, has been turned on the British public to gauge whether people are following the COVID ‘rules’ or not.
The report notes that as well as tracking the movement of people, the spies are collecting information on “internet searches for holidays and jobs.”
A source told The Telegraph that the spying is aiding ‘better policymaking,’ concerning the coronavirus pandemic, and will be used in order to make a decision on whether the lockdown will be extended beyond December 2, even though Johnson insisted that it definitely wouldn’t.
The report also claims that the GCHQ has collected all the information from the maligned ‘Track and Trace’ app, and is ensuring that it is ‘anonymised’, so it cannot be accessed by ‘hostile states’.
The spy agency is also being employed to combat ‘anti-vaccination conspiracy theories’ being spread on social media, in relation to the pandemic.
Speaking anonymously to the London Times earlier this month, a source noted that “GCHQ has been told to take out antivaxers online and on social media. There are ways they have used to monitor and disrupt terrorist propaganda.”
The report noted that the spy agency was considering taking down websites and content that isn’t pro-vaccination, as well as ‘disrupting’ those creating the content by “using a toolkit developed to tackle disinformation and recruitment material peddled by Islamic State.”
GCHQ has previously been embroiled in controversy where spying on the public is concerned, as it was revealed in 2013 by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that the agency was scouring all online and telephone data in the UK via a program code named ‘Tempora’.
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