Anyhow, here in the People’s Republic of Complacency and Koalas, some form of action is finally starting to gain momentum. It’s far too late, of course. Prime minister Scott Morrison (the bean bag that attained sentience, found religion, and became PM) has only just cancelled events with crowds over 500. Over 500!
Of course, this didn’t go into effect until after a full weekend of rugby matches with capacity crowds. 20,000-22,000 people per match, over three days, the last of which being played just two days ago! The fucking PM even attended one of the matches!
In terms of cases, Australia is on the move, which comes as no surprise whatsoever. Having experienced the outbreak throughout lockdown in China, followed by self-quarantine here, I have been constantly mindblown by the deficiencies in Oz response and protocol. I already outlined my Oz airport arrival experience in the other thread, and without digressing into other protracted detail, let’s just say: Nobody was prepared for this, and nobody knew what the fuck to do. It has been handled terribly. I actually wrote emails to both state and local Health department representatives around February 18th, and received no replies. Now, in mid-March, everything is just starting to shamble into action, more than two months after the actual outbreak.
Lots of panic buying though! And finger pointing, and misinformation, and the general cuntfulness of most Australians coming to the fore. Gotta love that.
Meanwhile, having stabilised, China is now tentatively dipping its toes back into normalising. Social media feeds show friends enjoying bowls of noodles at their local favourite spot, and even some going out for hot pot. A popular little jam bar that I frequent even posted video of a small cluster of local musicians jamming it up last night. While such indicators may be positive, I hope they haven’t come too early, thus paving the way for a second wave.
Interesting to note that there is a pervasive cynicism lingering among the attitudes of those in my social circles, and indeed demographic, back in China when it comes to “the powers that be”. Acknowledgement of the efficacy of containment protocols, yet open dissatisfaction with how many aspects were handled, particularly by those in “privileged” positions.
Be safe and well, digital humans.