Covid-19 Diary : Thursday February 17, 2022

 

The trucker protests against vaccine mandates continue in Canada, and have been echoed here and in other countries too.  I noted an interesting comment – many tens of thousands of truckers are said to be involved in these protests, with not a single act of violence or mayhem/rioting/looting/arson/destruction.  A comparison was made with “BLM” type protests…..

While Prime Minister Trudeau in Canada continues to say he has no plans to involve the military to suppress the protests, albeit in a passive-aggressive manner to remind everyone he could indeed do so any time he feels like it (Canada has no posse comitatus constraints), in New Zealand the left-wing government there is playing very hard-ball with its protestors, who are camped next to the country’s Parliament Building.

The strict New Zealanders have no hesitation in deploying cruel and unusual punishment to brutally force the protestors to disband.  They are playing Barry Manilow music loudly through speakers aimed at the protestor camp, enlivened on occasion by the tune “Macarena” that many of us might remember for some decades ago.

Not even the best of noise cancelling headphones can defeat the horror of that.

As for the protests themselves, while no politician will admit it, they seem to be well-timed, because countries are dropping Covid restrictions.

Whether or not the total drop in restrictions is a good idea or not remains unclear.  This series of tweets looks at what has happened in Denmark since it decided to drop all restrictions.

This updates the case rate numbers from those cited in the linked tweets.  As you can see, Denmark has yet to have an appreciable drop from its extremely high daily new case rate numbers.  A rational person would see little to support a claim that the virus has been beaten and things can now return back to normal, at least, not in Denmark anyway.

The silencing – not just of “anti-vax” sentiments, but increasingly of any discussion whatsoever that threatens to emperil the “official narrative” by means of deploying facts to rebut the narrative is continuing to escalate.  News this week shows how far Forbes has gone from when it was a right-wing open-minded publication – this former Forbes columnist claims to have lost his job with Forbes due to daring to show an alternate perspective on Dr Fauci and the vast earnings he and his wife get from the government each year.

Current Numbers

The Faero Islands pulls even further ahead of other countries in the minor country list, and “we’ve beaten the virus” Denmark has moved from 8th to 6th place.  I guess they’re relaxing their controls because the virus is running out of vulnerable people to infect (41% of the entire country has now had the virus, possibly more).

The Netherlands opens up a strong lead on France in the major country list.  Ten of the twelve countries in that list are European, the other two being the US and Argentina.  Why has Europe been so afflicted?

The growth in deaths should remind us that, while omicron is not as deadly as the earlier variants, it is still not to be trifled with.  We in the US are still having over 2,000 deaths every day.  That contrasts with about 105 people a day dying in road accidents.

Generally good news and lower case rates for the last week, as shown in the final table.

In Europe, Iceland had the highest growth in new cases, up 31%.  The next highest growth rate was in Russia, with a mere 6%.  No other country reported more than 4% rises.  The UK was down 27%, France was down 43% and Germany was down 7%.  The biggest drop was in Sweden (80%) followed by Albania (52%).  Europe as a whole enjoyed a nice 22% reduction in the rate of new cases.

In North America, Canada was down 25%, Mexico was down 7%, and the US was down a lovely 45%.  Africa had a 26% drop in cases, Asia was down 11%, South America was down 25% and Oceania had an 8% drop (even though New Zealand had a 239% increase).  The world overall reported a 22% decline in cases.

Top Case Rates Minor Countries (cases per million)

Rank One Week Ago Today
1 Faero Islands (534,722) Faero Islands (621,804)
2 Andorra (478,597) Andorra (484,367)
3 Gibraltar (420,728) Gibraltar (439,258)
4 San Marino Slovenia
5 Slovenia San Marino
6 Seychelles Denmark (406,428)
7 St Barth Seychelles
8 Denmark Georgia
9 Israel (358,960) St Barth
10 Montenegro (358,572) Israel (376,176)

 

Top Case Rates Major Countries (cases per million)

Rank One Week Ago Today
1 France (326,265) Netherlands (346,768)
2 Netherlands (321,202) France (336,881)
3 Czech Rep (310,989) Czech Rep (322,899)
4 Portugal Portugal
5 Belgium Belgium
6 UK (262,930) UK (270,191)
7 USA (236,596) USA (239,152)
8 Sweden Sweden
9 Spain Spain
10 Greece Greece
11 Italy Italy
12 Argentina (189,705) Argentina (191,840)

 

Top Death Rate Major Countries (deaths per million)

Rank One Week Ago Today
1 Peru  (6,156) Peru  (6,192)
2 Czech Rep  (3,506) Czech Rep  (3,612)
3 Romania Romania
4 Brazil Brazil
5 Poland (2,845) Poland (2,891)
6 USA (2,812) USA (2,859)
7 Argentina (2,697) Argentina (2,723)
8 Colombia Colombia
9 Belgium Belgium
10 Italy (2,490) Italy (2,525)

 

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

Rank One Week Ago Today
1 Denmark  50,161 Denmark  46,534
2 Netherlands  39,580 Latvia  37,016
3 Georgia  37,203 Georgia  28,602
4 Latvia Estonia
5 Estonia Netherlands
6 Israel Austria
7 Slovenia Slovakia
8 Bahrain Norway
9 Lithuania Lithuania
10 Norway Slovenia
11 Austria Bahrain
12 Slovakia  22,805 Israel  17,217

 

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