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Message 2076785 - Posted: 28 May 2021, 15:06:07 UTC

As if we didn't already have delayed updates of the stats.

May 28th:

Sweden’s coronavirus data won’t be updated today. This is because SmiNet, the database that is used for registering infectious diseases is currently closed after a series of attempted data breaches.
The Public Health Agency said that the database is currently closed for “security reasons” while the incident is being investigated. It will next update its data once SmiNet is back up and running.
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Message 2076829 - Posted: 29 May 2021, 7:15:09 UTC

The last reporting period saw the world's total case tally pass 170.1 million while deaths passed 3,537,100. :-(

Changes in the death list are Bulgaria replaced the Netherlands in 29th place while the Philippines took 27th from Ecuador as Romania removed Czechia 20th and the Ukraine passed Indonesia to claim 17th spot. Australia has slipped another couple of spots down to 105th.

Now for the changes in the case list.

Vietnam passed Gambia and Timor-Leste passed Gambia and Iceland, but Taiwan flew past them all as well as Yemen and the C.A.R. to land in 160th so Vietnam remains in 165th and Timor-Leste graduated to 163rd, as the Seychelles moved past Lesotho and Aruba into 153rd, the Bahamas and Congo slipped past Djibouti into 150th and 151st respectively while Suriname took flight to move up to 139th from 145th, Cambodia replaced Rwanda in 123rd and Cabo Verde took 121st from Australia.

Mongolia slipped past Namibia into 107th spot, Afghanistan swept Luxembourg from 103rd while Zambia replaced Ghana in 95th, Uzbekistan nudged Montenegro out of 93rd as Latvia overtook Albania to claim 87th, Cuba passed South Korea, but still remains in 85th spot as Thailand powered past them all and Myanmar to take over 83rd and Sri Lanka passed Kenya to claim 79th.

Bahrain jumped over Armenia and Venezuela into 72nd, Uruguay leapt past Ethiopia, Lithuania and Denmark to land in 62nd as Costa Rica took 58th from Palestine, Tunisia passed Georgia before Paraguay passed them both to claim 54th while Bolivia shoved Croatia out of 52nd, Belarus powered past Slovakia into 48th and Malaysia didn't like Nepal passing them so they fought back past them into 40th after both passed Lebanon.

Iran removed Poland from 13th place while Argentina leapt past both Spain and Germany to reclaim 9th spot back as India moves through the 27m+ clubhouse and the U.S. had the grand opening of their newly constructed 34m+ case clubhouse.

Meanwhile the cluster down in Victoria has now grown to 35 as their lockdown continues.

Well that's it for this update.
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Message 2076840 - Posted: 29 May 2021, 12:46:58 UTC

Meanwhile, here in the UK, we are on the up again...

The assessment for the "R" number is now standing at about 1.1...

And we've seen a doubling of daily cases as compared to last week.


People have relaxed and we're on the up. Have we vaccinated enough people?...


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Message 2076880 - Posted: 29 May 2021, 23:09:38 UTC

Major Grocer I use has 'Allowed' 'customers' to 'Remove' da Masks. Employees Not.

I wore mine till I got to the 'Baskets' Area, and asked a Maskless One wat da? He said Yep and I pulled mine down. I was 'tipped' off Outside with instead of seeing Everyone with a Mask - some Maskless.

However, Inside Store most customers were wearing Masks. 'bout 25 percent were 'Liberated' and FREE of 'Breath Reducers'.

I don't know when it became 'New' Policy. I don't watch local news nor pay attention to 'General' News'.

So. da Ugliest Human in History -aka ME- Gots to Gross 'em Out. YeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeDawgEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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Message 2076882 - Posted: 29 May 2021, 23:16:34 UTC - in response to Message 2076880.  

So... All just blind peer pressure?

Share and share alike?

Share for both good and bad? Even for the known bad?


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Message 2076899 - Posted: 30 May 2021, 4:36:46 UTC - in response to Message 2076882.  

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Message 2076937 - Posted: 30 May 2021, 23:28:28 UTC - in response to Message 2076882.  
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So... All just blind peer pressure?...

To try to answer my own question, see Message 2076936...


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Message 2076939 - Posted: 31 May 2021, 0:31:32 UTC

Well here down under it looks like Victoria could be in for a longer lockdown as their cluster has now grown to 45 cases over the weekend and over 250 hotspot venues have now being listed. :-(

Victoria records five more coronavirus cases as lockdown continues.

I just hope that they can keep this outbreak within their borders.
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Message 2077031 - Posted: 1 Jun 2021, 13:35:31 UTC
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Sadly, firstly COVID, then black fungus, and now white fungus:


'White fungus': Drug-resistant fungal infections pose threat to India patients
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... Why are these infections happening?

At least 5% [1 person out of 20] of Covid-19 patients become critically ill and require intensive-care treatment, sometimes for a long period.

Experts say that those who are put on mechanical ventilation are always at greater risk of developing bacterial or fungal infections...



Is that what the mythical "herd immunity" looks like?...

Rather than suffer widespread "herd immunity" 'culling'... Here's hoping we win the race with vaccinations for everyone!


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Message 2077032 - Posted: 1 Jun 2021, 13:40:15 UTC

Vaccination really does work to save lives:


Brazil Covid: Deaths plunge after town's adults vaccinated
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A Brazilian town has seen a 95% drop in Covid-19 deaths after almost all adults were vaccinated...

... There were no reports of severe side effects from the vaccine and no Covid-related deaths among those who had been vaccinated 14 days after the second shot was applied, the results showed...




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Message 2077071 - Posted: 1 Jun 2021, 23:25:32 UTC

Today I got the second pfizer vaccine shot even though I got pretty sick after the first one. So far so good. I actually felt that 80% protection was good enough to get me through but I've been looking for a job and potential employers are looking for those who have been vaccinated.
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Message 2077073 - Posted: 1 Jun 2021, 23:43:47 UTC

As I still wait for those vaccines to make it this far out into the bush from the cities the S.A. inspired outbreak down in Victoria has grown to 60 with over 350 hotspots listed in that state and now it comes to light that at least 1 family escaped that state just before the lockdown came into force down there and has been traveling around the south coast and southern highlands of N.S.W. for the last week while infectious. Meanwhile the W.A. hotel quarantine system has also sprung another internal leak infecting others also in that facility. :-O

1 thing about this outbreak is that more people here are now turning up for the jab (well in the cities at least that have the doses anyway).
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Message 2077075 - Posted: 2 Jun 2021, 0:44:42 UTC
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Myself, personally, I'm getting ever more pessimistic about the usefulness of 'test and trace'...

The testing part is very useful.

However, the tracing and the consequences of that tracing appear to be (very expensively) almost useless... Simply, not enough people are cooperative.

Here in the UK, we now have an increasing number of "surge testing" areas (including bringing in the military) to try to stop the spread of COVID variants. The number of areas is steadily increasing...

My own experience of (unaware) people is that their only savior is to get vaccinated. Anything else is simply too complicated to work!


Here's hoping we win the race to get everyone vaccinated.

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Message 2077077 - Posted: 2 Jun 2021, 0:52:29 UTC - in response to Message 2077071.  
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Today I got the second ... vaccine shot even though I got pretty sick after the first one. So far so good. I actually felt that 80% protection was good enough to get me through but I've been looking for a job and potential employers are looking for those who have been vaccinated.

Curiously, I was fine for my first jab and only suffered a reaction from the second jab. Almost as though my immune system was going to have nothing but a good big bun fight about the indignity of being prodded a second time! Very good hornet's nest reaction.

Felt fine again a day later.

Hopefully that means I pass the test?...

Regardless, still good to stay cautious and masked up until the rest of the population and especially the teenagers get vaccinated.

Interesting that employers are taking an interest in getting their workforce vaccinated. Very good, even if they are coldly only looking after their profitability...


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Message 2077137 - Posted: 2 Jun 2021, 14:55:43 UTC
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Here we have a dangerous compromise?...


Covid-19: UK's data encouraging, says government adviser

... amid a debate over whether to end restrictions in England on 21 June...

... Speaking on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said he remained cautious as it was unclear how protected the population would be against a new surge.

He said data on that was "still ambiguous" and scientists needed longer to look at it. "I'm sorry that's frustrating for people, I know that people want a clear answer about the way ahead for 21 June but at the moment we have just got to wait a little bit longer,"...

... concern over a small rise in [COVID] cases recently linked to the spread of the more transmissible variant ... now known as Delta...

... "I do think we need to keep our eye on hospitalisations, serious disease and deaths which is really what we are trying to manage," he said.

"If we scamper down a rabbit hole every time we see a new variant we are going to spend a long time huddled away so we do need to keep a bit of balance to the discussion and keep our eyes on the serious disease that we are trying to prevent."...

... The UK has now reported more than 3,000 new coronavirus infections for seven days in a row, but hospital admissions remain below 1,000 - compared to nearly 40,000 during January's peak...

... The "UK Weddings Taskforce", which was set up during the pandemic to represent the sector, said 50,000 ceremonies were expected to take place in the month after 21 June and any delay could cost the weddings industry hundreds of millions of pounds...


Quite a mix of commercial pressure vs healthy caution. All as the COVID case numbers creep upwards again...

Unfortunately, 'trying to manage hospitalisations' is way way too late in the game. The hospitalisation numbers rise about a month after any new deadly surge is already well established and killing exponentially ever more people. Really, is that to be blindly repeated yet again?!


Is vaccination our only hope?

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Edit: Note that "exponential" means the increase is sudden and fast and continues at an ever increasing faster rate...
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Message 2077188 - Posted: 3 Jun 2021, 6:45:56 UTC

By the end of the last reporting period the world's total case tally had passed 172.4 million while deaths passed 3.7 million. :-(

The latest changes on the death list were Bolivia removing Sweden from 34th place (I doubt that Sweden's numbers when they come in will change that), the Philippines took 26th from Pakistan while Indonesia slipped into 17th past the Ukraine as Iran passed Spain, but they remain in 12th spot because Peru did a recalculation of its deaths which saw them leap from 15th place up to 5th (or going from 68,978 deaths up to 184,942). :-O

On the case list the changes were Timor-Leste passing Yemen and the C.A.R. becoming the 163nd member of the 7K+ club, but only moving up to 162nd spot because Vietnam not only passed Iceland, those 2 and also Nicaragua to lay claim to 160th while Taiwan leapt over Nicaragua, Benin and Equatorial Guinea into 157th, the Seychelles nudged Djibouti out of 152nd as the Bahamas slipped past Hong Kong into 149th, Haiti jumped over Mali and Somalia to land in 139th and Suriname also passed Somalia to claim 138th moving in behind P.N.G..

Trinidad/Tobago took a short flight over Guinea, French Guiana, Gabon and Syria to land in 126th spot, Cabo Verde slipped past Malta, but remain in 121st because Cambodia leapt over Australia and them to claim 120th, Angola bumped Malawi out of 117th as Uganda leaped past the Ivory Coast and Jamaica into 110th, the Maldives dived past Singapore to surface in 105th while Afghanistan also performed a long jump past Mozambique, Cyprus and El Salvador to land in 100th, Myanmar was displaced from 84th by Cuba and Thailand kicked North Macedonia out of 82th.

Sri Lanka took over 78th from Libya, Oman sped past Qatar into 75th while Bahrain passed Honduras to claim 71st, Guatemala jumped over Slovenia and Moldova to land in 68th as Egypt replaced Ireland in 66th, Uruguay took 61st away from the Dominican Republic and Kuwait bumped Palestine from 59th.

Paraguay zipped past Croatia into 53rd as Malaysia sped past the U.A.E. to claim 39th while Japan ran over Jordan to take over 34th, Chile kicked Canada out of 22nd and South Africa blew past Czechia to claim 19th spot.

Meanwhile here down under Victoria has started its 2nd week of lockdown conditions with their S.A. inspired cluster growing to 63 as pressure builds on our federal government to get the vaccine rollout sped up and further while pressure also builds for some more proper quarantine facilities like Howard Springs to be built.
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Message 2077197 - Posted: 3 Jun 2021, 9:53:51 UTC - in response to Message 2077188.  

Truly, the deadly pandemic continues to be worldwide...


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Message 2077198 - Posted: 3 Jun 2021, 9:58:07 UTC - in response to Message 2077137.  
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Is vaccination our only hope?


Three quarters of UK adults vaccinated with first dose
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  • Over three quarters of UK adults have been vaccinated with a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • Public urged to come forward for second doses to help protect against the threat of new variants
  • ... over 65.6 million [vaccinations] between 8 December and 1 June
  • "The fight against COVID isn’t over but, working as a team – from our amazing health workers, to the military, to everyone getting their jab when it’s offered – the UK can beat this cruel pandemic."



Way to go...!


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Message 2077259 - Posted: 4 Jun 2021, 5:27:03 UTC
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Well here down under Victoria's outbreak has produced some twists, turns and bombshells today. :-/

1st was that older 2 positive cases were declared as false, then 4 new local cases were added taking the total to 65, but then the revelation came that the family that toured around the SE corner of this state had the "Delta" variant of the virus instead of the "Kappa" variant that started the outbreak. That family of 4 is now connected to another family where another 3 have tested positive and awaiting on results on the 4th family member with a school being the only link. :-O

New variant of ‘significant concern’ identified in Victoria.
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Message 2077424 - Posted: 7 Jun 2021, 0:03:46 UTC - in response to Message 2076434.  
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A really good example of thinking outside the box. It really only could happen in a place like Las Vegas - well done everyone who set it up, administered the injections, and had the injections :-)

In contrast but with equal originality, we have here in the UK:

Leading dating apps partner with government to boost vaccine uptake
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  • Partnership comes as recent YouGov poll shows 59% of adults would either prefer their date to be vaccinated or wouldn’t date an unvaccinated person
  • Young adults encouraged to take up the offer of a vaccine as under 30s to be invited in the coming days


... the country’s leading dating brands will add new features to their apps and websites to support the government’s ‘every vaccination gives us hope’ campaign. The campaign encourages younger people to get their vaccine in the second phase of the rollout, and join the millions who have already received their jabs.

The new features will allow users to show their support for the vaccine on their dating profiles...

Vaccines Minister, Minister Zahawi said: "... The vaccine is our way out of this pandemic and we have made incredible progress so far with over three quarters of adults receiving at least one dose. I encourage everyone who is eligible to roll up their sleeves and get the jab - it could save your life and protect your loved ones..."




All very good!

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