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Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 P/B Wuhan, China
« Reply #720 on: December 16, 2020, 15:32 »
The Netherlands, Germany and England all imposing strict lockdowns through the holiday season?

To what extent? And who else is joining the party?

over here in Germany it's called "strict", but it basically only means that non-essential stores are closing, and that going to school is not compulsory anymore (restaurants, bars and all cultural activities already were closed before). So it's still more relaxed than in other countries.

The number of people you're allowed to meet it restricted (up to 5 people from 2 households), but over christmas each household can invite 4 relatives + children, so for most it won't make much of a difference. I'd be surprised if it leads to a significant drop of infection numbers, but for christmas most people would ignore stricter rules anyway I guess, so some compromise needed to be found.

Many experts are pointing at Ireland as a positive example, and how they brought down the numbers, but over there even factories and stuff were closed, so it's difficult to compare. Personally I believe that a "the stricter, the shorter" approach can work, but not right now.
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    Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 P/B Wuhan, China
    « Reply #721 on: December 20, 2020, 13:57 »
    So a new strain of the virus has emerged, which is reportedly 70% more transmissible than previous variants, although it is said to be no more lethal or dangerous than the original coronavirus responsible for the pandemic.

    As a result, it would appear that Boris Johnson is, essentially, canceling Christmas this year.

    Southern England appears to be the hot spot for this, making the U.K.'s European brethren none too happy.

    Belgians, Dutch, Austrians halt UK flights, fearing variant

    However, this is all terribly confusing to me, as I've been told, for months now, that any spread of the virus is Trump's fault. The mainstream media has assured me of this, repeatedly. Renowned epidemiologist Joe Biden even assured me of this with a specific number of deaths attributable to The Bad Orange man. So how could the virus, in any form, possibly still be spreading in parts of the world not under the direct control of POTUS? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Inquiring minds also want to know when local and regional politicians are going to be placed in stockades, on the town green, for days on end to suffer as much public humiliation and ridicule as possible for their mishandling of the pandemic and their abuse power. But I digress...
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    Re: Coronavirus COVID-19 P/B Wuhan, China
    « Reply #722 on: December 23, 2020, 18:42 »
    So now that's it. All continents on earth are affected !

    Covid cases recorded in Antarctica for first time – reports

    Isolated continent reportedly registers first infections after 36 Chileans fall ill at research base

    Antarctica, once the only continent not to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, has reportedly recorded its first cases. The 36 new infections are among people stationed at a Chilean research base and include 26 members of the Chilean army and 10 maintenance workers.

    Spanish-language media reported the outbreak at the General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme research base on Monday.

    In a statement, the Chilean army said: “Thanks to the timely preventive action … it was possible to relieve said personnel, who, after being subjected to a medical control and the administration of a PCR test ... turned out to be positive for Covid-19,” according to Newsweek. It reported that three crew members on a ship providing support to the base have also tested positive since returning from their mission to Antarctica.

    The 36 individuals who tested positive have since been evacuated to the city of Punta Arenas in Chile, where they are reported to be under isolation and in good condition.

    General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme is one of 13 Chilean bases on the island, the ABC reports.

    Trying to keep the virus at bay in Antarctica has come at a cost. All major research projects in the Antarctic have been halted. As a result, research by scientists around the world has been interrupted.

    While the continent has no permanent residents, it 1,000 researchers and other visitors stayed on the island over winter, according to the Associated Press.

    In March, as the world locked down in response to Covid’s rapid spread, the Antarctic programs agreed the pandemic could become a major disaster. With the world’s strongest winds and coldest temperatures, the continent roughly the size of the United States and Mexico is already dangerous for workers at its 40 year-round bases.

    According to a document by the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs seen by the Associated Press: “A highly infectious novel virus with significant mortality and morbidity in the extreme and austere environment of Antarctica with limited sophistication of medical care and public health responses is high risk with potential catastrophic consequences.”
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