In an online interview, a young Australian female describes when she was picked up by uniformed police officers to take her to a Covid detention facility where she was forced to quarantine and spend 14 days in isolation.
She said “I waited for someone to come and test me. No one came to test me” at her own home. Then she describes how two police officers came to the house and blocked her driveway; an aggressive act.
When she asked the officers what was going on and if they were there to administer the COVID test they said, “no, you’re getting taken away and you have no choice.”
“You either come with us now, and we’ll put you in the back of the divvy van, or you can have a choice to get a ‘COVID cab” they told the woman. She chose the COVID cab because the officers explained she would be fined $5,000 if they transported her.
The female said to the officers that she does not consent and didn’t understand why she couldn’t just self-isolate at home.
Their response was chilling: “We’ve just been told from higher up where to take you.” She was then forced to take the ‘COVID Cab’ to the detention facility where she was forced to stay for an entire 14 days.
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Freedom in the UK: Johnson ends ‘all Covid measures’ including mask wearing
The United Kingdom is enjoying a huge announcement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced “the end of all Covid measures introduced to combat the Omicron variant – compulsory mask-wearing on public transport and in shops, guidance to work from home and vaccine certificates – from next week” reports The Guardian.
For those with coronavirus, the legal requirement for them to self-isolate will also be allowed to lapse when the regulations expire on March 24. Johnson also announced an immediate end for students to wear masks at secondary schools.
“From tomorrow we will no longer require face masks in classrooms and the Department for Education will shortly remove national guidance on their use in communal areas,” Johnson told the Commons.
“In the country at large we will continue to suggest the use of face coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces, particularly when you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet, but we will trust the judgment of the British people and no longer criminalise anyone who chooses not to wear one.”
The Prime Minister said Covid data was “showing that time and again this government got the toughest decisions right” and that plan B rules that were put in place in December could all be lifted from next Thursday, the day after a pre-existing review point.
The Guardian notes Britain had expected Johnson would soon be ending work-from-home guidance and the mandate to show a certificate proving vaccination or proof of a recent negative Covid test. However, the immediate lifting of mandatory mask rules will “come as a surprise to some.”
Johnson is receiving some push back from some teaching and health unions. The general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, said ministers would “regret sending the wrong signal to the public for political expediency”.
Joint general secretary of the National Education Union Mary Bousted said, “While the trend amongst secondary aged children is down, it is however uncertain, due to the short time schools have been back since the Christmas holidays, that this trend will continue. Such uncertainty could lead to a pronounced risk of increased disruption with children and staff having to isolate.”
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