Cliff Buchler
2 minute read
6 Jan 2021
4:30 am

China has world on its knees

Cliff Buchler

In one stroke it has not only unleashed an invisible killer, but has the world on its knees begging for its PPE.

Passengers wear protective face masks as they arrive from Shenzhen to Hong Kong at Lo Wu MTR station, hours before the closing of the Lo Wu border crossing in Hong Kong, on February 3, 2020, amid an outbreak of a deadly SARS-like virus which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. / AFP / Anthony WALLACE

I’m not a moody person but I have stumbled from the wrong side of the bed. The vertigo caused by concussion after a nasty fall adds to the misanthropy – another alien disfiguring my otherwise loving nature. It’s the nightmare from which I’ve just awakened. Bats. Not in my belfry, although my Heidi has her own uncharitable theory. No, these mammals are hanging upside down in a butcher shop in Wuhan City, China. A customer enters, selecting two of the biggest. I trace him to his home where he beheads the bat, chops the rest into slithers and places them...