Australia Uses Helicopters, the Army to Enforce Lockdown Rules

ER Editor: Readers may also be interested in this short report that provides a few specifics on what is happening in the suburbs of Sydney.

People in Sydney’s western suburbs also reported a helicopter hovering over homes and backyards, threatening anyone breaking lockdown.

“This is public health order, do not break rules, you will be found and fines issued,” the chopper is said to have screeched.

“This is not the Australia I emigrated to,” one woman complained in comments to Daily Mail Australia.

“Cannot believe it. Are they checking we are wearing masks in our gardens? Talk about being treated as suspected criminals,” she said.

The Commonwealth realm has also sent hundreds of army soldiers into eight districts covering Sydney’s poorest neighbourhoods, tasked with going door-to-door to check residents known to have tested positive for the coronavirus are isolating.

“They are a poor community, they are a vulnerable community, and they don’t deserve these lockdowns or these extended and harsh measures that they have now been targeted with,” complained the mayor of one of these districts, Cumberland, where around 60 per cent of residents are migrants.

Last month, Australian health officials also ordered National Rugby League (NRL) players and people in their so-called “bubbles” to stay off the balconies in the quarantine hotels they were staying in, and even send photographic evidence that they have taped their balconies shut.

See also this from Daily Sceptics (formerly Lockdown Sceptics) – “This Is Not the Country That I Grew Up In”: Australian Widow Arrested for Exercising Near Home.

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Australia Uses Helicopters and the Army to Enforce Lockdown Rules

MICHAEL CURZON for DAILY SCEPTIC

The enforcement of lockdown rules in Australia has jumped to another level, with the army knocking on doors to check that people who have tested positive are self-isolating and helicopters blaring the message: “This is public health order – do not break rules – you will be found and fines issued.”

Police are also checking IDs to ensure that citizens are not outside their ‘exercise radius‘, and those not wearing face masks are being hit with $500 fines. MailOnline has more.

[On Saturday], up to 1,300 police officers swarmed Sydney and set up a network of roadblocks in a massive show of force to avoid a repeat of last week’s violent anti-lockdown protest.

Some 250 fines, each worth $500, were issued across the city today, with one man arrested after travelling on trains outside his local Government area without a reasonable excuse.

It comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison had launched a four-stage plan back to freedom but said 80% of adults would have to be vaccinated before the border can begin to open.

Sydney’s five million people are under a strict stay-at-home order because of a worrying surge of nearly 3,000 infections since the middle of June.

Authorities have this week outlined even tighter restrictions for some worst-affected suburbs, including mandatory testing and mask-wearing outdoors.

From Monday, some 300 army personnel will help police go door to door to ensure people who have tested positive are isolating.

New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told a news conference: “The sheer volume of increase over the last week, the level of compliance has gone from hundreds into thousands.”

The military personnel will not be armed and will be under police command, he said. …

[Australia] is faced with the spread of the much more infectious Indian variant (ER: We believe this morphed into the Delta variant by simply changing the name) that is proving able to overcome lockdown measures. Many highly vaccinated countries are now re-opening, but Australia is sticking to its ‘Zero Covid’ strategy while its vaccine drive lags behind the rest of the world.

Sydney’s latest surge of cases has been traced back to an unmasked, unvaccinated airport driver who got infected last month. Since then, Australia’s biggest city has reported 13 deaths. (ER: How are these mere 13 deaths being tested and classified?)

Worth reading in full.

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