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Sweden Close To Victory Over Coronavirus; Never Had A Lockdown Or Mask Mandate

“Sweden has gone from being the country with the most infections in Europe to the safest one.”

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As the rest of Europe and the world remains under the grip of draconian rules and the threat of new lockdowns, Sweden, which allowed its citizens to remain free throughout the entire pandemic, has pretty much declared victory over the coronavirus.

The country now has one of the lowest infection rates on the planet, and it’s difficult not to admire how it has handled the past year, with no strict lockdown or compulsory face mask rules. All businesses, schools and public places remained open in Sweden for the duration.

“Sweden has gone from being the country with the most infections in Europe to the safest one,” Sweden’s senior epidemiologist Dr. Anders Tegnell commented to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

“What we see now is that the sustainable policy might be slower in getting results, but it will get results eventually,” Tegnell clarified.

“And then we also hope that the result will be more stable,” he added.

Tegnell previously warned that encouraging people to wear face masks is “very dangerous” because it gives a false sense of security but does not effectively stem the spread of the virus.

“The findings that have been produced through face masks are astonishingly weak, even though so many people around the world wear them,” Tengell has urged.

Last week, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control confirmed Sweden’s drop in infection rate, with only 12 cases per million, compared to 18 in neighbouring Denmark and 14 in nearby Norway.


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At the peak of the Sweden’s outbreak, it was seeing 108 new infections per million people, as it pursued a “herd immunity” strategy.

The figures also show that out of 2500 randomly selected and tested people in Sweden, none tested positive, compared to 0.9 percent positive in April, and 0.3 percent in May.

“We interpret this as meaning there is not currently a widespread infection among people who do not have symptoms,” said Karin Tegmark, deputy head of the Public Health Agency of Sweden.

When compared to the rest of Europe, Sweden’s death rate sits somewhere in the middle. However, officials are confident that playing the long game will see this improve drastically.

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UK: Labour Leader Kicked Out of Pub by Anti-Lockdown Landlord

Irate owner accuses Starmer of failing the country by refusing to oppose government.

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UK Labour Party leader Keir Starmer was kicked out of a pub in Bath by an irate landlord who tore into him for supporting the Conservative government’s economy-wrecking lockdown policy.

Starmer’s visit to the Raven didn’t go as planned as owner Rod Humphreys launched into a verbal tirade about the idiocy of COVID-19 restrictions while asserting he was “incandescent” with rage.

The landlord showed Starmer a chart while making the point that the average age of a COVID death was 82 years and 3 months compared to the average age of death in the UK which is 81 years.

“Do you understand we have fucked our economy because old people are dying,” said Humphreys before going on to point out that the UK had a similar total death rate in 2008.

“You’ve failed me – I’ve been a Labour voter my entire life,” Humphreys told Starmer as the politician tried to skulk away.

“You have failed to be the opposition, you have failed to ask whether lockdown was functioning, thousands of people have died because you have failed to do your job and ask the real questions.”

Humphreys then scolded Starmer for failing to oppose children wearing masks in schools when there’s “never been any evidence for it.”

A second clip shows Humphreys demanding Starmer leave his pub after the politician and his security team tried to enter the premises.

The Labour Party is supposed to act as the “opposition” to the ruling government, and yet it has voted with the Tories on every single COVID-19 lockdown policy, at some points arguing that the restrictions should have been even more severe.

Starmer subsequently addressed the incident on Twitter with a smarmy tweet that encouraged people to register to vote.

Register to vote for a party that supports the exact same policies as the ruling government?

Genius.

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Australia: Minister Refuses to Rule Out Electronic Ankle Bracelets to Enforce Home Quarantine

Even the fully vaccinated could be treated like criminals.

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A senior government minister refused to rule out Australians being forced to wear electronic ankle bracelets, even if they are fully vaccinated, to make sure they are complying with home quarantine orders.

The astounding suggestion was made by journalist David Speers during an interview with Employment Minister Stuart Robert about how authorities would ensure returning travelers stayed at home.

“What sort of ideas would there be for this? Regular visits, inspections to make sure they’re home, ankle bracelets, some sort of monitoring, how do you do it?” Speers asked.

“Mr Robert did not rule out those prospects,” reports NCA NewsWire.

“All of that will need to be worked through before a policy prescription goes live,” said Robert.

The minister also mentioned the authoritarian methods that were already in place to enforce the policy.

“The police would turn up at random times to our house, they would call. The Department of Health from various jurisdictions would call,” he stated.

The discussion surrounding how to enforce quarantine is taking place in anticipation of Australia, which has overseen one of the most draconian lockdowns in the developed world, opening up its borders once again.

Home quarantines will remain mandatory on return even for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

However, this is not the first time that the idea of using electronic ankle bracelets, which are normally used to keep track of suspected criminals, has been raised in a major country.

Back in January, Conservative MP Jeremy Hunt called for the government to use GPS tracking technology to ensure Brits are complying with COVID quarantine measures.

“Daily contact with those asked to self-isolate – using GPS tracking to monitor compliance if necessary as happens in Taiwan and Poland,” said Hunt.

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Video: Rabid Consumers Crush Into Massive Harrods Queue After Being Locked Down For Months

The scenes highlight how utterly stupid the government’s policies are

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Video shot over the weekend in London shows hundreds of people cramming into a massive queue to get into the department store Harrods after it reopened along with all other ‘non-essential’ stores last week.

The scenes highlight how utterly stupid the government’s restrictions on stores have been, as well as the staggered reopening, as now vast swathes of consumers are clamouring to get inside all at once, making a mockery of social distancing restrictions, which the government has repeatedly stated need to remain in place.

Similar scenes were witnessed at bars and pubs all over the country, as people crammed into outside areas and beer gardens after they were allowed to reopen.

Police have said that controlling the situation and continuing to enforce the restrictions they have been mandated to by the government is impossible.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation said “We are facing a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation still,” adding “How on earth are we supposed to police that?”

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