Since Monday, masks have been obligatory on the streets in many areas of Paris for all those aged 11 and over.
"All the indicators show that since mid-July the virus is again circulating more actively in the region," the police said, adding that some 400 people were testing positive for Covid-19 in the region every day, with the 20-30 age group particularly affected." [My italics]
Here again, some perspective is needed. We are talking about cases here. To your left is the graph on deaths in France:
As you can see, the mortality rate is as flat as a pancake. Yesterday, in a population of 65 million, fourteen people died of Covid19. Based on now exremely quantified data, we can rest assured that probably none of these deaths were in the 20-30 age group.
But that doesn't hold back the "authorities":
"We are in the early stages of a rebound in the epidemic," warned Nicolas Péju, deputy director general of the Île-de-France ARS, "The massive and real increase in the number of tests is not enough to explain the evolution of the situation.....over the last two weeks, there has been a 60% increase in PCR screening in the region, but at the same time, a 140% increase in the number of cases."
And the number of deaths were.....? Um, we're not told
400 cases of Covid19 per day - with no deaths - is my idea of good news: for the natural immunity will keep building, and there will be little or no increase in funerals.
But on the basis of 0.000022% of the population dying, the personal right to walk mask-free in France's capital city has been removed.
If you don't regard this as an historic example of incompetent public servants following deranged medical advice, then there really is something wrong with you. And if you can't see (a) the alarmism in that ridiculous public statement and (b) the likely economic consequences of creating such baseless fear, then I think you need serious help with the entire business of coping as an adult.
It really is beyond belief.
You don't think the economic consequences matter?
The UK lockdown obliterated jobs at the fastest pace since the financial crisis eleven years ago : nearly a quarter of a million employees — 220,000 — lost their jobs between April and June, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). And the downturn that followed Lockdown is ongoing: an ONS analysis of tax data shows that the number of UK payroll employees fell by 730,000 between March and July....a truly mindblowing statistic taking us back to Weimar Germany in the early 1920s.
As Europeans, we are nonchalantly tossing away the right to walk around in the fresh air without being harangued by mobs afraid of little more than their shadows.
We cannot allow the public wealth to be sacrificed on the altar of minor public health issues.
Please feel free to express your opinions, but avoid dictatorial assertion and personal abuse.