Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Almost set free

Melbourne's lock down moves to lock down light at midnight. We have to remain masked indoors and out unless you are at home, have an exemption or are eating, drinking or smoking. The five kilometre travel limit for only five reasons will be lifted. Pretty well all businesses can reopen but still with some heavy restrictions. Office buildings can have 25 percent of workers return. 

There has been about a dozen new infections in Melbourne over each of the last three days, all in isolation for their whole infectious period. 

However, we won't be able to visit people in their homes. It is over four weeks since we have seen Mother and thought we would be able to do so this coming Sunday.

Technically if she waited at the bottom of ABI Brother's driveway and we picked her up in the car, we could take her out for lunch and shopping. But that goes against the spirit of the new rules, so we won't. 

I said to R we will go for a nice long drive in our new car on Sunday, it yet to travel over the speed of 60 km/h. He replied screw that. We have nothing on the calendar for Thursday. We will go out that day.

Not so bad for my state, but what about New South Wales, specifically Sydney? What a disaster with days and days of over 100 new infections. While Sydney does lockdowns less severely, can someone with Sydney knowledge really explain to me why the infection rate is so bad there?

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  1. It is going to get worse in Sydney :( I saw those moronic protesters crowding into a Sydney street, without masks, to "protect their freedom". That was a super spreader, if ever there was one!!

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    1. Hels, for sure about Sydney. Crazy!

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  2. Sydney never has known how to do lockdown properly Andrew. If Glad had closed harder and faster it would probably be all over by now. The more I hear about her the less she impresses me, for gawds sake she goes on the Kyle Sandilands show, I mean, nuff said 😀

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    1. Grace, We had just come up of the last lockdown as it was hotting up in Sydney. What did she not understand about our measures? Sandilands? Really!

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    2. Yup really, saw a video of it, they were quite pally!

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    3. Has Morrison ever been on ABC Radio Perth? He has never been on ABC Melbourne.

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  3. As you know we have come out of lockdown and no longer have to wear a mask unless using public transport. Interestingly people are opting to continue wearing masks. Personally I think we have gone too far too quickly and am still wearing my mask. With over 75% of the adult population already vaccinated we are all watching the daily number of infected cases that require hospital treatment, with baited breath. Let's not forget our daily cases are around 30,000! I do understand that at some point we have to take a risk as we cannot stay in lockdown forever.

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    1. Marie, I think wearing a mask is the best way to protect yourself. Your numbers do seem to pointing downwards now at least.

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    2. Omg, baited breath! Is that really necessary?

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    3. Masks MC? Oh yes. It would be interesting to see some stats on people who are masked and catch the virus as against those who aren't.

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  4. Yo Brother, I'm With You!!! Let's Drive On Sunday. Its Not About The Speed But It Is About What Happens During That Speed.

    Big Hugs And Adult Beverages,
    Cheers

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  5. We've had 173 new infections in just this county, where I live, in the last few days. About 130,000 people ;ove in the entire county. We have under 50% vaccination rate in this county, and there are absolutely no restrictions any longer anywhere in Oregon now. Rates are expected to climb. I'm going back to wearing a mask in stores. I'm happy your lockdown is now "lite" and hope infections there remain so low. Your officials seem diligent in containing the virus, more so than here, where its more of a joke and a political point.

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    1. Strayer, I doubt I would have ever stopped masking indoors in shops. Most of our leaders are diligent, except for the NSW Premier and our Prime Minister.

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  6. A nice long drive should help ease the confined feeling.

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    1. TP, even a decent train ride would help me.

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  7. Two members of my extended family have caught it since they practically lifted restrictions here. They lifted them whilst most younger people are still waiting for their second jab. Then there was the football and music festivals and so on. I don't think we've been in so much in danger of catching it as we are now. And despite two jabs, it can still be very unpleasant.

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    1. Tasker, I think you right to be so concerned. Vaccination is not a magic bullet either.

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  8. A drive sounds like a good idea. I must admit I doubt the effectiveness of masking outside. Inside I think it makes sense, but from what I understand, the chance of catching Covid outside is very, very low. (As I understand it, there are only a handful of infections that are believed to have occurred outdoors, though granted I suppose it's sometimes hard to tell.) Still, if that's the rule, I'd roll with it, I suppose.

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    1. Steve, I think the key about masking outside is if you can't maintain social distance. We had a number of infections here at sports ground entrances, kind of outside.

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  9. And I was so happy for you that everything had turned to noormal and now the lockdown was back ! I think it's right what one intelligent scienific said : we shouldn't fight against the Corona Virus but learn to live with it ! I don't mind if I have to get 2 other shots or more. We can't complain, we have to wear masks in shops and inside (not n your home) but outside you can do what you want. Travel is also possible if you are vaccinated and have the Covid Pass. I will download it on my smartphone and then I can go everywhere. My grandson who should come for a football course couldn't because Holland is red !
    It's so crazy ! In Mr. G's home is no problem mask outside his room otherwise not and you can also go out or get visitors. That's good. He is much better !

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    1. Gattina, it can all go wrong so quickly. Thanks for update on what is happening there.

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  10. Late to the party here, but very glad to read that Sydney's lockdown has been extended for another four weeks. I am also very glad that you have moved to lockdown light. Enjoy that drive.

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    1. EC, it is will be harsh for Sydney people but it's the only way forward.

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    2. It's the only way forward IF they stay home or otherwise obey the rules.

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    3. River, aside from some risk free behaviour like me removing my mask when out walking and coming across nobody, people have behaved pretty well here. I really hope Sydneysiders to obey the rules.

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  11. It's a mess and it's jumped up here because of the number of folks that won't get the vaccine.
    New car?

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    1. Sandra, I wonder how many who catch it now wish they had been vaccinated. New car two weeks ago.

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  12. Hope you enjoy your drive in the country. Who will be doing the driving - you or R? By the sound of it, I expect that R would drive like a bat out of hell, cackling like Dick Dastardly. You could be Mutley. He has a great laugh.

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    1. YP, he's not really a speeder, but I don't like the way he drives. Too much accelerator brake repetition. I will probably mostly drive.

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  13. Our cases are rising in all 50 states. Enjoy your car ride. I can certainly understand your need to get out. Enjoy the new car.

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    1. Debby, cases may rising but your country hasn't done badly on vaxxing. But you have so many who won't get vaccinated. Thanks.

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  14. If only stupid Gladys had followed Dan’s well proven method and locked down hard at beginning. Now the lockdown will drag on into October I dare say. Figures are riding daily here because the lga’s with high count are mixed ethnic background and families are still mixing. Also these areas have most front line workers so end up spreading more in the community.
    There goes our winter holiday to QLD, our watching of Hamilton and viewing of Archibald entries. Hopefully can reschedule all.
    Enjoy your freedom down there.

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    1. Allan, spot on with Dan. Seems you were on the money with how long it will drag on. I've heard about language issues and not understanding the message, but surely someone will inform them of the importance. I'm very sorry to hear about what you will be missing. Many Melbourne had booked for Sydney's Hamilton and can't attend.

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  15. Sydney is in our newspapers again today with 171 new cases since yesterday! I think Grace B, tries, but the people aren't listening, like those boofheads that marched crying for "freedom". When I first saw them I wondered what USA city it was, then was horrified to see it was Sydney.
    Our lockdown ended last night, but we still have restrictions. Masks are mandatory on public transport including taxis and ubers, mandatory in crowded areas, supermarkets and other shops, even our high school students and teachers have to wear masks, because there are so many people in them. I still wear a mask in the supermarket but not while walking to and from. We still have to check in with the phone app and there are tables at the entrance with masks for those who forgot to bring one and small tear off notepads for people to sign in, tear off the sheet and put it in a box, so others can't see your name and phone number, that's if you don't have the phone app or even a mobile phone, like several of my elderly neighbours. We did it all peacefully the first time, the second time and now for the third time. It's inconvenient, but not hard.

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    1. River, indeed inconvenient and not too hard for us, but here things are so much more restricted. We were supposed to go to engagement party the weekend after next. It has been delayed for the second time until November because of the limitation on numbers of who can attend. Thanks for the easy read of your restrictions. We have books here for non savvy phone users to sign in. Your system seems better.

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  16. I meant Gladys, wrote Grace by mistake.

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  17. Governments need not only to protect their citizens, but also to protect their economies. They find themselves in a lose/lose situation, with their citizens pulling in both directions like a Tug-of-War. There will continue to be highs and lows for a long time to come. There are rioting anti-vaxxers in every country who will ensure that this is so.

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    1. Surprisingly Cro, in spite of our lockdowns, our economy isn't doing too badly. There is a large anti vax and anti lockdown protest forecast for Sydney this coming Saturday and police have said they will be prepared and kill the health law breaching protest.

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  18. Glad Melbourne is relaxing lockdown rules. I feel for Sydney residents, but of course it doesn't help if people flaunt the rules!

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    1. Sami, I think we all feel for Sydney, especially us here who really know what it is like to be locked down for a long period.

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