RSVP = Rattle Snakes and Varmints Prohibited
As we’re all aware, most countries now have COVID-19 under control enough for their medical systems to cope. But in certain other countries, it’s running rampant: Brazil, India, Russia, Chile, Pakistan, Bangladesh, China (whether they admit it or not), etc. Australia‘s inept rightwing government opened three weeks too early. Now the state of Victoria has to close again for at least six to ten weeks and the New South Wales border completely closed. Someone I know moved there this past year, and the second lockdown is hitting her hard because of her mental health issues. The UK “reopened” last week, and people got riproaring drunk.
And of course, the US. Comparing the US’s and Canada’s numbers from the past month, the difference is stark and staggering. It speaks volumes when even a rightwing buffoon like Doug Ford (Ontario’s premier) has handled things better than most US governors, including some democrats.
Canada: June 10 July 10 Difference Total 97,125 107,126 10,001 Active 32,526 27,466 -5,060 Deaths 7,960 8,759 799 US: June 10 July 10 Difference Total 2,067,718 3,291,786 1,224,068 Active 1,115,747 1,694,620 +578,873 Deaths 117,600 136,671 19,071
Unlike the others being overwhelmed, the US sees itself as exempt from other countries’ soveriegnty and right to limit travel in and out of the country. Just this past week, a bunch of 1%ers decided to travel to Italy on a private flight but were rejected at the airport. (Though not by all – some of the immigration officers were looking for an excuse to let them in.) They claim they were “treated like criminals” – but only if you mean like Roger Stone. They certainly weren’t treated like Latin American migrants.
For whetever reason, some have been able to travel to Ireland. Some travellers say they will abide by quarantine rules, while others are clearly defiant and should be deported.
As Irish people continue to be advised against non-essential overseas travel, flights in and out of the country have increased in recent weeks – including from some countries struggling to bring the coronavirus situation under control.
The US is one of those countries facing a continuing challenge, with many states seeing record high cases in recent days and weeks.
Four flights arrived in Dublin Airport from the US this morning – from New York, Chicago, Newark and Dallas.
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Meanwhile, one of those flying in from Dallas called the 14-day rule “very necessary”, and said she’d be following the advice as she’s here for five weeks.
However, another passenger who flew in from Texas suggested the COVID-19 situation was “overblown”.
He argued: “I personally don’t know anyone or don’t know anyone who knows anybody who has had it.
Canada has this problem on a massive scale with a pourous 5000km long border and no wall separating it. Individual claiming they are “travelling to Alaska!” have turned out to be liars, stopping in Canadian towns and cities as if rules don’t apply to them. The “driving through” exemption needs to end. They can fly there or take the ferry from Seattle.
And now there are idiot politicians in the US demanding Canada open the border without restrictions. Whether they are just deniers (“hoax!”), selfish and unconcerned about other countries, or colonialists with blankets, they seem intent on making the US’s problem into Canada’s.
As U.S. members of Congress push Canada to reopen its shared border with the United States, Canadians are pushing back — both in government and on social media.
In an open letter addressed to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, 29 bipartisan members of Congress called on the Canadian government to plan a phased reopening of the Canada-U.S. border and to consider easing existing measures.
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Despite the United States’ plea, a spokesperson for Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told CTVNews.ca in a Friday statement that the health and safety of Canadians is “absolutely priority.”
“Decisions about Canada’s border are made by Canadians, for Canadians,” said Freeland’s spokesperson, Katherine Cuplinskas, in the statement.
They had damn well better.