It is very interesting that people do not learn much from others but also from their experiences. Fear of something is shown only when they are in danger, but when the danger passes, everything returns to normal as if it had never been.
After declaring victory over the coronavirus, scared dogs and cats crammed into rusty cages, bats and scorpions for sale as traditional medicine can again be seen on sale in China. On the stone floor covered with blood, dirt and animal remains, you can again find slaughtered rabbits and ducks side by side.
That scene in China, of the reopening of squalid meat markets that triggered the pandemic three months ago, without taking any measures to improve hygiene standards leaves all conscientious people speechless.
People in Wuhan, who just a few days ago panicked not to be caught by this terrible virus, have been, by thousands, spotted by Mail on Sunday correspondent pushing for a widespread closed market in Guilin, southwest China.
Unfortunately, it was not the only place with such a scene. In another meat market in Dongguan, southern China, photos of another correspondent can see a drug dealer advertising billboard bats thought to be the cause of the initial Wuhan epidemic – along with scorpions and other creatures.
These shocking scenes are at a time when China, after lifting the country’s multi-week shutdown, is trying to encourage people to return to normal daily life in order to boost an economy that is experiencing a significant decline. Even so, official statistics say there were almost no new infections.
Both Guilin and Dongguan markets were packed with people who acted as if nothing had happened in the area recently.
The correspondent of Mail on Sunday said:
“Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there’s nothing to worry about anymore. It’s just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned.”
According to correspondents, the markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus, with the only difference that security guards try to stop anyone taking pictures, which was not the case before.
The first cases of coronavirus were known to be found on the market in Wuhan, but officials remained silent for weeks, whistleblowers remained silent, including 33-year-old Dr. Li Wenliang, who later died of coronavirus.
Following a dramatic fall in the infestation rate within China, the Beijing government has advocated conspiracy theories that the epidemic has not started in China at all.
Social media Weibo is spreading this discredited story based on a Chinese platform, claiming that the coronavirus was first discovered in Italy in November.
Likewise, Chinese officials have promoted unfounded conspiracy theories that the virus was brought to its shores by the US military.
The only Chinese city still closed is Wuhan, but restrictions have started to be released there and it is believed that it will end the lockdown on April 8.