Hundreds arrested during Australian lockdown protests

Australia has enacted strict COVID lockdowns since June, with hundreds of citizens arrested in a growing number of protests against the harsh limitations across the country.

The Associate Press reported, “More than 250 people who were protesting coronavirus lockdowns in Australia were arrested Saturday and many faced fines for defying health orders,” last Saturday in a single incident.

The arrests come in addition to massive fines levied against those who have gathered in protests nationwide, many at the equivalent of $3,850 U.S., according to the report.

Now What?

With the growing restrictions in Australia, many are wondering what it will take to return to normal.

According to NBC News, “The government has set vaccination thresholds of 70 percent and 80 percent for a staged return to normal life, which isn’t likely to be achieved until much later this year.”

It added, “But the rollout is starting to pick up pace, with 1.8 million vaccine shots administered over the past week, meaning more than half of the eligible population has now received their first doses.”

The Variant Problem

Even with increased vaccinations, however, there is a growing problem with new variants, especially the current delta variant that has reportedly spread much more quickly.

In addition, a growing number of “breakthrough” cases are being reported in which fully vaccinated individuals are testing positive for COVID.

Researchers differ regarding how to handle the variants and breakthrough cases. Most argue current vaccinations help improve response to COVID.

Others are focusing on a future booster shot to improve resistance to current and future variants. In Israel, many have already started receiving a third booster shot to help.

In the U.S., a booster shot program is in development that may be available in September. However, the quick return to another shot has also led some to wonder if the shots will ever end.

Australia’s lockdowns and arrests are seen as disturbing to many freedom-loving Americans who fear the practice could come to our own nation. In addition, the moves do not bode well for freedoms worldwide as governments attack their own citizens for seeking to live out their personal freedoms.

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