With nearly 70 percent of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated and the country opening up, members of the anti-vaxxer/lockdown movement are increasingly finding themselves having no choice but to deal with a pro-vaccine society. So what are anti-lockdown zealots supposed to do?
For a start, they can create their own microsociety where “freedom-loving Canadians” can plan meetups, find dates, and buy and sell goods and services on a clunky website, a Craigslist for anti-vaxxers, if you will.
That’s what one activist is trying to do with Freedom Pages—a “directory for freedom-loving Canadians,” your one-stop shop for all your anti-lockdown needs.
“We have dedicated this site to Freedom Lovers—people who don’t agree with the unlawful medical tyranny in Canada,” the site’s founder wrote on Telegram earlier this month. “Therefore, everything you find on our site is intended to be mask-free, vax-free, and fear-free.”
The activist spearheading the campaign goes by Steve Berger online and was the man who previously did his damndest to recruit people of colour into the movement. Berger and the people running Freedom Pages did not respond to requests for comment from VICE World News.
Ontario has let every other type of business open — from communal steam rooms and saunas to buffets. Some still have restrictions like mandatory masking and capacity limits.
Campbell said oxygen bars are "high-risk for COVID-19 transmission" and this can't be "mitigated by putting additional precautions or measures in place."
Typically, customers at an oxygen bar would sit, put a disposable tube up their nose and breathe oxygen for relaxation and health benefits like muscle and hangover recovery, which have been disputed. The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists once put out a statement saying it could not "ethically or morally support" giving oxygen therapy for those who don't need it, calling for "stringent regulations."
167 חולי קורונה במצב קשה - המספר הגבוה מאז אמצע אפריל
מספר החולים שמצבם קשה עלה ב-16 תוך יממה, 26 חולים מחוברים למכונות הנשמה. אתמול אובחנו בישראל 2,140 חיוביים לנגיף, ומדובר ביום הרביעי ברציפות שבו מאובחנים יותר מ-2,000 מאומתים ביום. השבוע: כמעט 23 אלף ישראלים קיבלו מנת חיסון ראשונה
167 Corona patients in critical condition - the highest number since mid-April
The number of patients in critical condition increased by 16 within a day, 26 patients connected to respirators. Yesterday, 2,140 positive viruses were diagnosed in Israel, and this is the fourth day in a row that more than 2,000 verified patients have been diagnosed per day. This week: Almost 23,000 Israelis received their first vaccine
Myanmar is facing a catastrophic health crisis that could have ramifications not just for the country’s long-suffering people, but across the region as well.
The country is experiencing a major spike in COVID cases — what one Doctors Without Borders official referred to as “uncontrolled community spread” — fuelled by the military junta’s gross mismanagement of the crisis and a collapsing health sector.
The military regime’s official COVID statistics are running at around 6,000 cases and 300 deaths per day, but no one believes these are accurate. This is, after all, the junta that staged a military coup in February and then tried to argue it was constitutionally valid.
With only 2.8% of Myanmar’s 54 million people fully vaccinated, there are now concerns the country could become a “COVID superspreader state”. And this could lead to the emergence of new variants, says the UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar.
Vietnam taps private hospitals as Delta-driven COVID-19 infections rise
Cluster infections have occurred in more than 500 factories in Thailand since April
Phuket, Thailand will "close the island" for 14 days to prevent the epidemic
The recent coronavirus outbreak in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing originated from a flight from Russia, said Ding Jie, deputy director of the municipal center for disease control and prevention, on Friday.
According to data recently released by the CDC, unvaccinated people represent the vast majority of hospitalized patients due to Covid-19, which raises the question, what were these people thinking?
CNN’s Miguel Marquez sought to answer that question by visiting Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge where he found Aimee Matzen, who is struggling to breathe and exhausted by Covid.
“The fact that I am here now, I am furious with myself,” she told Marquez while struggling to breathe. “Because I was not vaccinated.” Matzen is currently in the Covid-19 intensive care unit where she is receiving oxygen treatments and hopes she stays well enough to avoid getting hooked up to a ventilator.
A 39-year-old father of five from Las Vegas has died from complications of COVID-19 after sending a text to his fiancee from the hospital saying, "I should have gotten the damn vaccine."
For several weeks earlier this summer, teen campers from across the country converged at a rural Christian camp in North Carolina for faith and fun that within weeks had turned into a superspreader nightmare.
The camp is billed as a “funtastic” escape, and campers’ families pay around $350 a week to send their kids onto campgrounds nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains to hike, swim, zipline, barbecue and huddle together for “a healthy portion of God’s Word,” according to descriptions on the camp’s websites.
But public health officials in Transylvania County told The Daily Beast that campers came home with both memories and cases of COVID-19, after tracking at least 76 cases nationwide back to The Wilds’ campgrounds.
Health officials say 76 cases in 17 states have been linked to The Wilds, which has served up games and Bible verses to teens during its summer sessions for more than five decades.
since the real nazis actually invaded france i wonder how the french feel about this comparison
Republican school board member Bogdan Oprica used the word "Nazis" while complaining about COVID-19 directives in France at a forum with state representatives last week.
According to Dana Barcellos-Allen, the vice chair of the Avon Democratic Town Committee and a member of the audience at the forum, "the crowd gasped" after he said "Nazis."
"He talked about the restrictions in France, he said what was going on there was like the Nazis. The crowd had a visceral reaction," Barcellos-Allen added.
"There is absolutely no excuse for comparing the genocide, torture, and rape of millions of Jewish and other marginalized groups of people to protections put in place for public safety during a global pandemic. This type of incendiary language in reference to the Holocaust is harmful, disrespectful, and entirely inappropriate for an elected town official, particularly one who has a hand in the education of our children," Avon Democrats said in statement.
But local Republicans are standing by Oprica.
"We are extremely disappointed that the Avon Democrats recently chose to begin this campaign season by posting an inaccurate and out-of-context story attacking an elected board member in a blatant attempt to generate controversy and distract from the real issues facing our town," Avon Republicans said in a statement.
Some people in Missouri are dressing in disguise and begging doctors to not publicly reveal they've received a COVID-19 vaccine, a doctor said.
Priscilla Frase, Ozarks Healthcare hospitalist, said patients voiced concerns on how their family members, friends and co-workers would react if they got vaccinated.
"Nobody should have to feel that pressure to get something that they want. We've got to stop ridiculing people who do or don't want to get the vaccine," Frase said in a video produced by the hospital.
6 passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise tested positive for COVID-19, a reporter on board says
Tri City Foods, the owner of dozens of Burger King restaurants in the Midwest, has been ordered to pay $458,931 in restitution to workers and $100,000 to the city of Chicago after the company denied employees paid sick leave during the covid-19 pandemic, according to a press release from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.
At least 2,473 Chicago workers were denied paid sick leave at 40 Burger King locations owned by Tri City, according to the city, which passed an ordinance in July 2017 that allows workers paid sick leave.
Strangely, paid sick leave is not guaranteed under federal law in the U.S. but is considered standard in every other wealthy country around the world. After all, who wants someone who’s sick preparing their food, even if you disregard the basic rights of employees in the equation?
New Data Show That LA’s Current COVID Surge Is Once Again Hurting Restaurants and Workers
Los Angeles’s current coronavirus surge has reached the same levels as last summer when the governor closed all indoor dining and bars