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Trump-era fanatic and Covid-19 denier Damien De Ment admitted that he's been flouting the Alert Level 4 restrictions on his Telegram channel.
To eliminate the virus, everyone around the country must stay home in their bubbles to keep them and everyone around them safe.
People can only leave their homes to get groceries, access necessary healthcare, get a Covid-19 test or vaccination in local areas, and go to work as an essential worker under Level 4 if they cannot work from home.
Image: CC/ Telegram
In a video posted to De Ment's Telegram channel, he says he's a ‘living man' and a ‘free man' on planet earth. Not one care was given for others except himself and a group of friends flouting the rules.
He made up conspiracies that he sees no one dying from the virus in the country.
“My name is Damien, and I am a living man, a free man on this planet. I am not going to be told what to do by some legal fiction government who's making out there is some sort of health crisis going on right now,” he said.
“I literally see no one dying. This is all bulls**t. I am going to go have some arm curls with some friends, and I don't mind gathering because I'm not going to die.”
“It's not going to be some fictional f***ing virus which is being propped up by the media that is going to get me. No damn virus named Covid-19 is going to lay harm to me except for the fact because it is impinging on my life, my freedom, my ability to live the life I want.”
Image: Supplied - Telegram
De Ment attempted to allegedly organise an illegal anti-lockdown rally but the idea was halted after Police paid him a visit to give out a warning.
His excuse after receiving a warning to not go through with the protest was because of his self-employment status depending on clients. It would become a financial problem for him if he was fined for breaching the rules.
Lockdowns are proven to work and limit the spread of people transmitting the virus to others. It is why New Zealand's death toll is only at 26 compared to other countries which have less-strict measures to prevent further spread.
There are only 551 active cases, with 34 being in hospital. Two are in ICU.
On the other hand, Australia has 16,869 active cases, with 881 in hospital, 140 in ICU and 999 deaths.
The Delta variant of the virus can spread more quickly. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, on August 17, did not wait to impose restrictions after a case was identified in the community.
Decisions were made on suspicion the case could have contracted the Delta variant after it was detected a number of times in MIQ facilities prior.
“I want to ensure New Zealand that we have planned for this eventuality and that we will now be putting in place that plan to contain and stamp out the virus once again,” she said.
“Going hard and early has worked for us before. While we know that Delta is a more dangerous enemy to combat, the same actions that overcame the virus last year can be applied to bet it again. International evidence and science around the variant show that it is twice as infectious and more liable to cause severe illness. With it raging around the world, experts view that it was not a matter of if but when.”
“We are one of the last countries in the world to have the variant in our community, and this has given us the chance to learn from others.”
“While this is a situation, no one wants to be in, there are benefits to being amongst the last.”
“Delta has been called a game-changer, and it means we need to go again, go hard and early to stop the spread because we only get one chance.”
Image: CC/ Sam Hudson [Wgtn]
Rule breakers are the problem with lockdowns being extended. New Zealand's Police force has applied strict measures to ensure those that are intending to break them could face fines for breaching the Covid-19 Public Health Response Act.
Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said to thisquality authorities would begin ramping up their visibility amid the restrictions to keep everyone safe, so normality comes back faster.
“All Police districts will ensure they have high visibility in the community where people are accessing essential services, and on the roads, to deter travel that is not essential,” Commissioner Coster said.
“The vast majority of New Zealanders have demonstrated an amazing level of compliance, and we need to ensure their hard work and sacrifice is not compromised by a few who deliberately break the rules.”
“New Zealanders have responded well to the latest restrictions, and the vast majority of people have been doing the right thing.”
People are required to follow the Government’s guidelines and rules provided at their Unite Against Covid-19 website to protect everyone under the restrictions.
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