Covid-19 Diary : Sunday 17 October, 2021

The “one law for them, another for us” concept continues to show itself.  The 30,000 attendees at the World Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland have been exempted from the need to have Covid passports.  Why?  To encourage participation?  Some people might suggest that the fewer people who attend such a meeting, the better.  Some people might at least be of the expectation that people expressing concern with climate change would be fast to comply with Covid control measures.

But it is in keeping with the rest of the farce that is the “Climate Change” conference.  The Scottish Nationalist Party, eager to show off their “green” credentials, bought 20 Teslas to provide delegate transportation.  The Teslas are being charged by – diesel generators.

We hear a lot about the federal government vaccine mandate, but one federal agency in particular seems to be ignoring it – the TSA, which is currently reporting a mere 60% of their employees have been vaccinated.  It is becoming increasingly clear that it will not have all employees vaccinated by the 22 November deadline (due to the leadtimes involved – the remaining 40% will need to get the single J&J jab if they’re not already part-way through their two-jab courses of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine), which might see the firing of many screeners just before the Thanksgiving peak of air travel.

As we anticipated, the Moderna third shot “booster” has been approved, and now it is the J&J second shot that is getting approval next, even though there is little evidence of the J&J vaccine weakening.  Instead, it is being justified on the grounds that “it increases the overall level of protection – it should have always been a two-shot vaccine”.

If that is true, why was it approved as a one shot vaccine?

Current Numbers

The minor country list saw Georgia rise two places, and some smaller one place swaps.

There were no changes in the major country list.

The US moved up one more place in the death rate list.  There’s a large gap between it and the next country, Colombia.  Astonishingly, Romania entered the list “from nowhere” and landed immediately at eighth place.  At the present rate, it could even reach up to pass the US within the next.

The analysis of countries with the highest rates of new case numbers last week continues to change greatly from week to week, and this week showed massively higher numbers at the top of the chart.

The UK rose 17% in the last week, with a new case rate more than twice that of the US.  Elsewhere in Europe, super-vaccinated Gibraltar (118% fully vaccinated!) reported a 149% growth in new cases compared to the last week (and a case rate only slightly below that of the UK).  So much for the vaccine….

The Czech Republic’s numbers are growing again, up 54%, and the Netherlands is up 53%.  At the other end of the scale, Spain enjoyed a 33% drop, Sweden had a 16% drop, and Switzerland a 10% drop.  Germany was down 7%, but France was up 10%.  Europe as a whole rose again, up 13%.

Mexico enjoyed a 17% drop, and Canada a 32% drop.  The US had about a 12% drop.

The world as a whole enjoyed a 6% drop.

Top Case Rates Minor (population under 10 million) Countries (cases per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Seychelles (218,297)Seychelles (220,237)
2Montenegro (215,385)Montenegro (219,318)
4Gibraltar (167,053)Gibraltar (170,972)
5St BarthGeorgia
6San MarinoSan Marino
7GeorgiaSt Barth
10Aruba (145,571)Slovenia (148,192)


Top Case Rates Major (population over 10 million) Countries (cases per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Czech Republic (158,347)Czech Republic (159,197)
2USA (135,556)USA (137,304)
3UK (119,319)UK (123,622)
12Colombia (96,411)Colombia (96,572)


Top Death Rate Major Countries (deaths per million)

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Peru  (5,950)Peru  (5,954)
2Czech Republic (2,841)Czech Republic (2,845)
5ColombiaColombia (2,459)
6Belgium (2,203)USA (2,232)
7USA (2,200)Belgium (2,209)
8Italy (2,176)Romania (2,191)
9Mexico (2,159)Italy (2,180)
10Tunisia (2,090)Mexico (2,176)


Top Rates in New Cases Reported in the Last Week (new cases per million) for Countries over one million population

RankOne Week AgoToday
1Lithuania  5,431Latvia  7,712
2Latvia  5,181Georgia  7,107
7GeorgiaUK  4,340
9UK  3,737Singapore
12Turkey  2,413Bulgaria  2,871


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Items below include more on long Covid, its prevalence, impact, and duration, a mega-million person test of ivermectin, Paypal and Facebook blacklist a group of physicians who dare to support ivermectin and why, possible censorship about vaccine side-effects in professional journals, should we be ashamed of throwing away millions of doses of vaccine, the world’s highest vaccinated country has the 8th/9th highest rate of new Covid cases in the last two weeks, US case numbers delightfully dropping, but UK numbers rising, our borders re-opening, but some German supermarkets closing, and more unexpected shortages, including hospices forced to ask new patients to wait before being accepted.




Please stay happy and healthy; all going well, I’ll be back again on Thursday.

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