Much of the COVID War is marked by a political divide. Republican governors and Democratic mayors in states across the U.S. are clashing over whether now is a good time to ease mask mandates, a report said.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Iowa has seen its COVID-19 hospitalizations drop by about 80 percent since the peak in the autumn. Governor Kim Reynolds, a Republican, called for statewide mask mandates to end. She has also ended restrictions on social gatherings in the state. According to the Journal, Reynolds said,
“We need to make sure that we’re doing everything that we can to protect Iowans, especially our most vulnerable… But I also have to balance economies that support the individuals that are trying to sustain a business or sustain their livelihoods.”
Her announcement was praised by Jessica Dunker, the president and chief executive of the Iowa Restaurant Association.
“We are happy to have more of our fate in our own hands,” she said, according to the report. She told the Journal that about 20 percent of the state’s bars or restaurants have been forced to close, and the industry in the state took a $1.4 billion hit due to the outbreak.
Still, not everyone is on board with Reynolds’ decision. Frank Cownie, a Democrat, is the mayor of Des Moines who ordered the mask mandate to stay in place, claiming he fears the spread of new variants and because, without providing a trace of scientific evidence, he thinks “now is the time to be more diligent than ever.” 
The Journal reported that Governor Doug Burgum, the Republican from North Dakota, has also dropped mask mandates due to a decrease in hospitalizations.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the CDC, said on Sunday it is too soon for states to ease these restrictions.
“We still have 100,000 cases a day. We still have somewhere between 1,500 and 3,500 deaths per day,” Walensky said during an interview on CBS. “And yet we see some communities relaxing some of their mitigation strategies. We are nowhere out of the woods.”
Since last spring, the Trends Journal has been reporting on the lack of hard scientific data supporting the wearing of masks. We haven’t forgotten that just short of a year ago, the U.S. surgeon general tweeted: “Seriously people – STOP BUYING MASKS… They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus.” (See our 21 April article, “TREND TRACKING LESSON: ‘THINK FOR YOURSELF.’”)
As we reported last March, at the onset of the COVID War, Dr. Anthony Fauci, designated by the media and politicians as America’s top infectious disease expert, declared on CBS’s 60 Minutes:
“There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask. When you’re in the middle of an outbreak, wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better and it might even block a droplet, but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is. And, often, there are unintended consequences—people keep fiddling with the mask and they keep touching their face.”
Doubling Down
This past Sunday, when Fauci appeared on CNN, he was asked when the U.S. might be able to get back to some sense of normalcy? Fauci replied that he believed masks would likely be required into 2022 but said he can’t estimate when he will be able to call off mask mandates. There were about 58,000 new cases in the U.S. per day last week. Fauci said that number is still high:
“It’s not the 300 to 400,000 that we had some time ago, but we want to get that baseline really, really, really low before we start thinking that we’re out of the woods.
Transport Canada, the government’s transportation arm, announced last week that it fined two individuals a total of $17,000 for allegedly presenting “false or misleading COVID-19 tests and for making a false declaration about their health status.”
CTVNews reported that one of the passengers was fined $10,000 and the other $7,000. The report said the passengers were on a flight from Mexico that landed in Montreal late last month. Just days before departing, they tested positive for the virus.
Under the “Interim Order Respecting Certain Requirements for Civil Aviation Due to COVID-19,” the country requires all travelers to obtain a negative test result within 72 hours of the flight.
TRENDPOST: This is just one of the thousands in fines that have been levied across the globe on anti-COVID War draft dodgers. As detailed in our new article, “ISRAEL: NO VACCINE, NO GREEN PASSPORT,” under the New ABnormal system, there will be special privileges for the vaccinated and fines and punishment for those refusing one… or disobeying government COVID War orders. 

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