Cody Simpson has seemingly questioned the need for Covid lockdowns as the highly contagious Delta tribe rips across Australia.
The singer and aspiring Olympic swimmer, 24, shared his thoughts in an Instagram post on Wednesday, three days after his home state of Queensland was plunged into a rapid lockdown.
Making the most of the Australian lockdown. We can’t train by our pool all week,” he wrote alongside a photo of him posing on the beach with his hands raised to the sun.
‘Turn off the news and get out’: Cody Simpson, 24, has seemingly questioned the need for Covid lockdowns as highly contagious Delta strain rips across Australia
‘But more importantly, most people have had to close their businesses. It’s a curious and complex argument, but I hope the world can reopen soon and we can get back to normal life,” Cody added.
The Gold Coast resident, who has a reported net worth of $6 million, suggested that government officials ordering lockdowns don’t suffer like ordinary Australians.
Rant: The singer and aspiring Olympic swimmer shared his thoughts in an Instagram post on Wednesday, three days after his home state of Queensland was plunged into a rapid lockdown
“If politicians and bureaucrats had to sacrifice salaries or take pay cuts during lockdowns, I wonder how long they would last? Food for thought,’ he asked.
Cody went on to say “the best armor we have is healthy lifestyles and sustainable decision-making.”
He also suggested that ‘fear’ was used as a ‘weapon’ to destroy ‘freedom’, urging his followers to ‘turn off the news and get out there!’
Frustrated: The Gold Coast-based influencer, who has a reported net worth of $6 million, suggested the government officials imposing lockdown restrictions are not suffering like ordinary Australians
Cody has no scientific or medical qualifications.
He previously made headlines in 2015 when he tweeted a list of alleged “facts” about vaccines, seemingly discouraging the vaccination of children.
Beliefs: Cody went on to discuss what he believes to be a conspiracy against ‘freedom’, and that the best ‘armor’ is ‘healthy living’
‘Free Australia. Free Humanity’: It’s not the first time Cody has used his public platform to question Australia’s health system. The blonde, who has no scientific or medical qualifications, made headlines in 2015 when he posted a bizarre anti-vaxxer rant on Twitter
In his now-deleted post, Cody called for former Prime Minister Tony Abbott to end laws requiring parents to vaccinate their children unless a special exemption is granted.
Tony Abbott is letting go of your controlling baby vaccination laws. I am shocked. Free Australia. Free humanity,” he tweeted alongside a list of misleading “facts” about vaccines.
Many followers seemed offended by Simpson’s comment, one of which replied, Hey Cody Simpson, remember that time you got polio? Or rubella? New? That must have been because your parents had brains and vaccinated you.’
Response: Many followers seemed offended by Simpson’s comment, one of which replied: Hey Cody Simpson, remember that time you got polio? Or rubella? New? Must have been because your parents had brains and vaccinated you’
Another said: ‘Please take the time to understand the importance of vaccinations and the devastation these diseases have caused worldwide.
It comes as the latest Covid outbreak in Queensland continues to grow, with 16 new community transmission cases announced Tuesday morning.
The lockdown in Brisbane and surrounding regions in southeastern Queensland was announced on Saturday and was set to end on Tuesday.
Outbreak: It comes as the latest Covid outbreak in Queensland continues to grow, with 16 new community transmission cases announced Tuesday morning. Pictured: People queue for Covid-19 test in Brisbane, Queensland on Tuesday
However, the Queensland Government has since extended the lockdown until 4pm on Sunday, August 8.
On Monday, Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick yesterday announced a $260 million support package for companies in Queensland.
“We are opening a COVID Business Support program for 2021,” he said. “That’s $5,000 grants that are available to companies in Queensland, not just those in the closed-off area.”
Lockdown continues: People watch sports in Brisbane during the second day of South East Queensland’s latest lockdown, which was extended to next Sunday, 4pm yesterday