Alice Springs, a town in Australia 800 miles away from the nearest city has gone into full lockdown after just a single new case of COVID-19 was detected.
“Everyone in the town has been told they need to stay at home for three days – only being allowed to leave for food, healthcare, exercise, work and to provide care for others,” reports Sky News. “It comes after a man who travelled through Alice Springs’ airport later tested positive for the coronavirus.”
That’s right – due to a SINGLE case of COVID being detected, the entire town of 30,000 people is now under lockdown, despite being 800 miles away from the nearest major cities of Darwin and Adelaide. The entire Northern Territories area where Alice Springs is located only has 6 current active COVID cases.
“It is unlikely that he was highly infectious during his time at Alice Springs airport,” said Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner. “But, like all other other decisions we will not take a punt on this.”
Once again, this underscores the utter stupidity of following ‘zero COVID’ policies that ensure rolling lockdowns will be in place for years to come because there will never be a situation in the near future where coronavirus is completely eradicated. Around half of Australia’s population is back under lockdown due to the government’s inability to accept that the world has to live with COVID and cannot shut down society forever.
As we previously highlighted, Australia’s first lockdown was one of the most draconian in the developed world.
Authorities gave themselves the power to have police remove children from the custody of their parents in order to ensure compliance with coronavirus rules, while a pregnant woman was arrested in her own home merely for promoting an anti-lockdown protest. Police in Melbourne also announced that they would be using surveillance drones to catch people who don’t wear masks and to keep track of cars that travel further than 5km from home, while also exercising the power to enter people’s homes without a warrant and perform quarantine spot checks.
As we reported earlier this month, COVID-19 lockdowns were found to have been a major contributing factor to a doubling in attempted suicides of those aged between 5-25 in Australia.