US comedian Joe Rogan slams Australia’s ‘crazy’ Covid lockdowns – and is baffled we’re using soldiers and police choppers to keep people inside when there’s ‘no evidence Covid spreads outside
- Podcaster blasted Australia for calling in the military to enforce lockdown rules
- The comedian and UFC commentator mocked police helicopters giving orders
- Joe Rogan said the national response had been over the top ‘crazy s**t’
- He questioned the need for the measures when Covid’s spread was so limited
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian put harsher restrictions on nine western Sydney local councils, the epicentre of the outbreak, over the past few weeks.
Heavy-handed enforcement of the lockdown included military on the streets to back up cops and police helicopters barking warnings while hovering over backyards.
UFC commentator and comedian Rogan unloaded on Australia for going into lockdown after limited deaths in the recent outbreak.
‘There’s some crazy s**t going on right now with the army trying to keep people inside in Australia,’ Rogan said.
‘One of the things that I read was that as they’re doing this, only nine people have died from Covid.’
The death of a woman in her 90s in Sydney over the weekend brought the total killed by Covid to 29 since the Sydney outbreak began in Bondi on June 16.
By contrast, case numbers are spiking in the US with almost as many deaths there on Friday as Australia suffered since the pandemic began.
The US recorded 849 deaths on Friday alone, compared with 941 overall for the past 18 months in Australia.
America also had 150,000-plus new cases that day while Australia had just 36,330 in total since last February.
Even in the face of the deadly Delta variant, worst-affected state NSW kept daily case numbers to a record peak of 319 cases on Saturday.
American podcaster Joe Rogan (pictured) has branded Australia’s lockdown laws as ‘crazy s***’ as he mocked the use of the military and police helicopters to enforce restrictions
Australian Defence Force personnel (pictured here outside the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills) have been called in by some states to help police enforce lockdown restrictions
Australian Defence Force personnel have at various times during the pandemic been called in by some states to help police enforce lockdown restrictions.
A police helicopter was also used to order beachgoers off the sand at Gordon’s Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs and also in the city’s west.
At question time in parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed the measures taken by Australia saved more than 30,000 lives.
‘That puts Australia in a league of very few countries in the world this year,’ he said.
But Joe Rogan insisted Australia’s reaction was over the top.
‘They have full on government lockdowns, where the government is flying helicopters over streets saying, ‘Go back indoors, you’re not allowed to be outside, which is crazy,’ he said.
‘This disease doesn’t even transmit well outside. It doesn’t make any sense. Being outside and getting vitamin D from the sun is probably one of the best things you can do.
A police helicopter was also used to order beachgoers off the sand at Gordon’s Bay in Sydney’s eastern suburbs in July. Seen here is a police officer and an ADF member on the streets of Bankstown on Saturday
At question time in Parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the measures taken by Australia had saved more than 30,000 lives. Seen here are Sydneysiders exercising at Bondi Beach on Saturday
‘You have zero deaths from October 20 to July 11, then you get one death there and you have a little spike which is only one or two deaths. That’s crazy.
‘I think it’s nine deaths total since September and they have a full on government lockdown where the military is locking down the street.’
Mr Rogan does not make a link between Australia’s limited deaths and case numbers and the lockdown measures taken in Australia.
He added: ‘When you see what’s going on right now in Australia…
‘Australia confiscated all their guns in the 1990s and I’m not saying that they should rise up against the government.
‘But there’s some crazy s*** going on right now.’