Jacinda Ardern says she is ‘baffled’ by New Zealand having the highest number of deaths and Covid infections than all neighbouring maskless countries, despite New Zealand maintaining strict mask mandates.
According to reports, nearby mask-free countries such as Australia have a tiny fraction number of infections compared to New Zealand.
Coincidentally, Singapore is the only other country with mask mandates and that country is also experiencing record-level infections and deaths.
Summit.news reports: Per capita COVID death rates in New Zealand also overtook Australia in March, despite its strict mask mandates, and have remained higher ever since.
“In Singapore, death rates dropped below Australia in April after racing ahead between October and Christmas, but are now surging wildly and are set to overtake Australia once more,” reports the Daily Mail.
“Of course, this is only the latest example that shows masks do little or nothing to prevent the spread of airborne viruses, and may make things worse,” writes Will Jones.
The UK government’s own investigation found that the evidence for the efficacy of face masks stopping the spread of COVID-19 in schools is “not conclusive.”
We previously reported on the comments of UK government SAGE adviser Dr Colin Axon, who dismissed masks as “comfort blankets” that do virtually nothing, noting that the COVID-19 virus particle is up to 5,000 times smaller than the holes in the mask.
“The small sizes are not easily understood but an imperfect analogy would be to imagine marbles fired at builders’ scaffolding, some might hit a pole and rebound, but obviously most will fly through,” Axon said.
A study in Denmark involving 6,000 participants also found that “there was no statistically significant difference between those who wore masks and those who did not when it came to being infected by Covid-19,” the Spectator reported.
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