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  1. Certainly does. 😆 https://time.com/4079988/china-president-xi-uk-visit-photos/
  2. Poland being monstered by Covid fourth wave. #Nietzschean supermen Poland reports highest number of COVID-related deaths in fourth wave | Reuters WARSAW, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Poland reported 794 COVID-related deaths on Wednesday, the highest number in the fourth wave of the pandemic, a deputy health minister said, adding the figure could be a result of delayed reporting due to the Christmas holidays. More than 75% of those who died were unvaccinated, Waldemar Kraska said. "I think we are currently experiencing a peak in the number of people who are dying," he told private television channel Polsat News. Poland has been experiencing a persistently high rate of daily infections, though the Omicron variant has yet to gain a foothold there. On Wednesday, Poland reported 15,571 new COVID-19 infections, 13% less than a week ago, Kraska said. As of Tuesday, the country only had 25 confirmed Omicron cases.
  3. Or discharging thousands of sick patients from hospital without testing them for Covid and returning them to care homes as Johnson and Hancock did in 2020? A de facto example of euthanasia rather than a merely hypothetical one.
  4. The debt trap has been sprung. Ten Houses will be paying for everything soon. 😉
  5. New record for Coma Joe and the Ineffectuals. 👇 https://deadline.com/2021/12/united-states-covid-cases-daily-record-1234902298 On Tuesday, the United States recorded 512,553 daily new cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. That is, by far, the single highest daily case number recorded during the entire Covid-19 pandemic. University data indicates that the previous high was 294,015 on January 8, 2021. One mitigating factor is the Christmas weekend. May testing centers were likely closed over the holiday, meaning some test results that would have been recorded during that period likely rolled over to Monday and today. But even a measure that accounts for reporting ups and downs, the seven-day average of new daily cases, published by The Washington Post today was a record. The 253,245 cases as of Tuesday afternoon eclipsed the previous 7-day average daily high of 248,209. That was on January 12. California, the nation’s most populous state, also blasted past its all-time daily record, hitting 86,634 new cases today. That number tops the 60,107 the state saw on January 4 of this year. Again, there were likely reporting delays in the Golden State due to the holiday, but the state usually combines weekend numbers with Monday’s cases, so Tuesday’s number is usually less impacted. A more trusted data point, the 7-day average test positivity, moved from 3.4% seven days ago to 9.7% today. That’s a 182% increase in one week, a very steep trend line for a number that is both an average and a percentage unaffected by total number of tests. California is not alone. New York State has been setting its own records in daily cases. New York City responded yesterday by implementing what Mayor Bill de Blasio called the largest private sector workplace vaccination mandate in the nation.
  6. US paediatric hospitals 'on fire' with Covid. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/pediatric-covid-19-case-rates-hospitalizations-on-fire-amid-latest-surge/ar-AASdu1A With coronavirus cases in the U.S. approaching near-peak levels recorded last winter, pediatric coronavirus infection and hospitalization levels are now surging to their highest point in months. Last week, nearly 200,000 American children tested positive for COVID-19, up by about 50% since the beginning of December, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association. Hospitalizations among children have been rapidly following suit. Across the country, more than 2,100 children are currently hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 -- up by approximately 800 pediatric patients, compared to just a month ago, according to federal data. As a growing number of COVID-19 positive children are admitted into the hospital in need of care, health care workers and experts are sounding the alarm about the concerning trend. "Our most precious commodity in this United States of America is our children," Dr. Kenneth Remy, associate professor of internal medicine and pediatrics critical care with UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, told ABC News. "And right now, we're on fire." Daily pediatric COVID-19 related hospital admissions have more than doubled in the last month, increasing by 110%. Now, an average of more than 300 children are being admitted to the hospital each day.
  7. That figures. You've always been keen to maximise the numbers of Covid dead.
  8. You want to talk about euthanasia? Remind us again, Doc. How many Covid deaths in NZ vs the UK and the US?
  9. Baroness Finlay of Llandaft (who?) is as dumb as a pile of rocks. Covid cases reported in the last 24 hrs: New Zealand: 34. UK: 130,000.
  10. UK car production weakest since 1984 UK car factories suffered their weakest November since 1984 last month, despite a surge in demand for battery electric vehicles. Industry body the SMMT reports that car production tumbled by -28.7% year-on-year in November to 75,756 units, the fifth monthly decline in a row as UK car makers continue to wrestle with the worldwide shortage of semiconductors. Production for domestic customers fell 18.8%, while cars for overseas markets slumped over 30%. The SMMT says: Exports accounted for more than 80% of all cars produced last month, reinforcing the need for smooth international trade, especially with the EU, as new customs controls with the bloc come into effect on 1 January 2022. Six-in-ten (60.3%) cars shipped overseas in November headed into Europe. Asia, meanwhile, took 15.6% of UK car exports, the US 13.4% and Australia 1.2%.
  11. Sunak's borrowing £30bn every month and the BOE has delivered another £200bn in interest free loans on top of that via the TFSME. Except for house prices, where's the growth?
  12. Hardly. The Chinese economy grew by 2.5% in 2020 and an estimated 8.3% this year. The NZ economy grew by 0.98% in 2020 and an estimated 4.7% this year. The UK economy is still 1.5% smaller than it was in 2019.
  13. Sorry, Trumper. It's all over for you. Go back to your cold-water hovel and eat your gruel. 🖐️
  14. Well, if you're right about the Omicron variant being 70-90% milder than the Delta I can't see why not. 90+% of New Zealanders have been vaccinated. Even the Maori population is up over 80% now. Fingers crossed.
  15. Those interventions prevented a uncontrolled debt deleveraging becoming a Second Great Depression. The First Great Depression lasted a generation and would have lasted longer were it not for WWII.
  16. Zero Covid has already won for China, Taiwan and NZ. Economically, socially, medically. The American brutes, by contrast, have had two years taken off their life expectancy!
  17. Yawn. The globalistas said the same thing about the Delta variant and were utterly mistaken. Of course vaccines confer immunity and slow the rate of transmission. Read the published literature. New Zealand's plans to re-open have been delayed by a month until the end of February. A sensible precaution.
  18. Meanwhile, back in the real world, it's the Germans who've won. 👇 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/27/pfizer-biontech-tax-windfall-brings-mainz-an-early-christmas-present The Pfizer/BioNTech jab is having an unexpected side-effect on the German municipality where scientists first developed it: for the first time in three decades the city of Mainz expects to become debt-free thanks to the tax revenues generated by the company’s global success. Mainz’s decision to use its financial windfall to also slash corporate tax rates in the hope of attracting industry, especially biotech companies, however, is drawing criticism from neighbouring cities and economists. The city of about 217,000 inhabitants in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate, has been carrying a crippling debt burden since the early 90s when authorities took out a loan that grew to €1.3bn (£1.1bn). Over the first year of the pandemic, the Rhine river city’s debt pile accrued a further €30m in interest alone. But the success of BioNTech, whose founders Uğur Şahin and ‎Özlem Türeci worked with the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for trials and manufacturing of their Comirnaty vaccine in 2020, has transformed Mainz’s fortunes. Instead of an expected 2021 budgetary overspend of €36m, the city senate this winter announced a budget surplus of €1.09bn. With another surplus of €490.8m expected in 2022, Mainz hopes to clear its remaining debt within a year. Owing to German tax secrecy laws, BioNTech has not been officially named as the source of what Mainz’s senate calls the city’s “Cinderella story”. But the handsome wealth of the company that created the first vaccine authorised in the west is no secret. In January-September 2021, BioNTech made €10.3bn in pre-tax profits, of which it paid €3.2bn in tax – though the company has several sites in Germany and has not said to which municipalities the money went.
  19. The UK billionaire press has been relentless in its efforts to diminish Jacinda Ardern. Her extraordinary success in defeating Covid is an acute embarrassment to their vile neoliberal, globalist agenda.
  20. ****/elbow. Elbow/**** You really need to be motivated to get the two confused, an anti-vaxxing conspiraloon or one of the very many neoliberal propagandists employed by the UK's billionaire press.
  21. Yes, New Zealand. 8,110,041 vaccine doses administered. 50 Covid deaths from a population of 5.5 million. An unparalleled triumph of medical science and public healthcare and a towering example to the rest of the world.
  22. My track record is promoting the concept of Zero Covid on HPC for two years. 50 deaths from a population of 5.5 million in New Zealand. How sour do them grapes taste, Trumper? 🤡
  23. Says the denialist crank who harvests a dozen shriek vaccine headlines every f***ing day!
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