Around 11 hours ago the lockdown capital of the universe, Melbourne, relaxed a few restrictions – somewhat. It would be ludicrous to compare this with what happened in NSW a few weeks ago. There they really could celebrate ‘Freedom Day’ under the very strong leadership of Dominic Perrottet. But no such luck here. Consider these grim figures:
- The Czech Republic spent 201 days locked down because of the state’s response to the virus.
- London spent 207 days locked down.
- Buenos Aires spent 245 days locked down.
- Melbourne spent 263 days locked down as of October 21, and it is still not over yet.
The truth is, we are STILL in our sixth lockdown! Yes, we have had a minor reprieve, but madness still prevails. We still have these ludicrous restrictions: a 25km travel limit; retail is still closed; schools are still mostly closed; and so on. Um, that is NOT freedom by any stretch of the imagination.