“We effectively have one pandemic on top of another now.”
There is a new flavor of lockdown around where people are not allowed to leave their homes to buy groceries or pharmacy supplies even though nearly half of the population has been vaccinated.
This isn’t ever going to end until people stop complying.
Despite mounting the world’s fastest per-capita Covid-19 vaccination campaign, Chile has been forced to announce strict new lockdowns as it plunges deeper into a severe second wave of cases which is stretching intensive care capacity.
Chile trails only Israel and the UAE in vaccine doses per 100 inhabitants worldwide, but new cases have risen quickly amid mixed health messaging, travel over the southern hemisphere summer holidays and the circulation of new variants.
Nearly half of the South American country’s population has received at least one vaccine dose, but on Friday, Chile recorded 7,626 new cases over a 24-hour period – the highest total at any point during the pandemic – and it is now approaching 1m cases in total.
More than 80% of the country’s 19 million inhabitants, including all residents of the capital, Santiago, have been put under a strict lockdown that prevents them leaving the house even to buy groceries or pharmacy supplies. Only 169 intensive care beds remain available nationwide – an occupancy rate of more than 95%.
“The new variants arriving in Chile are a great worry, and we effectively have one pandemic on top of another now,” said Dr Ximena Aguilera, an epidemiologist who sits on the government’s Covid-19 advisory committee.
“Unlike before, we are seeing serious cases among younger people too, and there is a sense that some people had become complacent towards the end of the summer with the vaccinations going so well.”
They can just keep claiming that there are new strains and that tougher lockdowns are needed, no matter how many vaccines people take.
Alleged pandemics are the one weird trick that can justify anything.
You cannot argue against the Anti-Viral Authority. If you do, you’re advocating for the mass murdering of people.
If you don’t comply with the social distancing mandates, you’re killing everyone yourself.
Do you really want people’s blood on your hands?