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Oct 01 2020

COVID-19 in UK vs Africa

You can’t run a police state without snitches. There could never be enough police. In the UK as in East Germany, there is no shortage of informants. They managed to ruin a 10-year-old girl’s birthday party by ratting her out:

Mum Leanne Macdonald said she deliberately spaced out visits by relatives so as not to violate Scotland’s strict COVID-19 regulations.

But this didn’t stop her neighbor from snitching on her and two uniformed police officers entering the home to warn her she was now on “alert” and would be charged and fined if she broke the rules again. …

“So the police can come in my house, but my family can’t?” asked Macdonald.

One day authorities will get it through to Macdonald that Big Government is all the family she needs. For now, she has been placed on a coronavirus watchlist, so she had better wear her mask and refrain from placing anti-lockdown signs in the window.

African countries don’t have the means to impose lockdowns and a panopticon government like the UK. COVID-19 casualties must be through the roof, right? Wrong:

Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage of deaths than other continents.

The continent’s case fatality count stands at 2.4%, with roughly 35,000 deaths among the more than 1.4 million people reported infected with COVID-19, according to Reuters data as at late Monday. In North America, it is 2.9% and in Europe 4.5%.

Hard-hit countries such as Italy and Britain have recorded fatality counts of 11.6% and 9.0% respectively, compared to 1.6% for Ethiopia, 1.9% for Nigeria…

Hospitals in many African countries say COVID-19 admission rates are falling.

Hard to believe, considering this:

More than half of Africa’s urban population is concentrated in slums, where access to water for hand washing is scarce, and physical distancing is near-impossible.

Here’s the explanation:

A 2019 United Nations report said 62% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population was under 25 and just 3% 65 or over. In the U.N.’s Europe and North America region, 28% were under 25 while 18% were age 65 and up.

Or maybe the explanation is that Africa has done a better job of preventing 10-year-olds from having birthday parties.

We have learned the hard way how to deal with COVID-19: protect the elderly but otherwise go about your business. However, Big Government learned a different lesson: people will put up with almost anything if you tell them it’s for their health.

On tips from Lyle.

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