Warning, this article contains video of an animal being eaten alive which some readers may find distressing. (In point of fact, if you don’t find it distressing then there is probably something very wrong with you).
The fast-moving coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan, dubbed 2019-nCoV by authorities, has now spread to eight countries according to ABC News.
At this stage, eight Chinese cities remain under quarantine. The total population under emergency lockdown is now greater than the population of Australia, as Chinese authorities rush to prevent the spread of the virus during Chinese New Year this weekend.
The Chinese New Year period, during which Chinese travel to their ancestral villages to be with family, is the largest annual movement of people in the world. In Beijing, officials have closed the Forbidden Palace and also cancelled New Year events in the city.
Although officially only 650 cases of the disease have been reported and 18 fatalities, scenes uploaded by Chinese social media users indicate a far more serious situation.
In #Wuhan, there are fights during shopping due to the increasing vegetable prices in the markets and the fear of famine in the city!#coronavirus has taken the city captive!67:51 AM – Jan 24, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Wuhan Leaks Live’s other Tweets
Coronaviruses are particularly alarming for global health authorities due to the lack of any vaccine or treatment for the diseases. Earlier outbreaks such as SARS and MERS were more successfully contained in their early stages than the current Wuhan coronavirus.
Scientists are confident they have identified the source of the illness, which first appeared December 31 2019 in Wuhan, as originating from snakes sold at a wet market for illegal meat. The market in question sold wolf cubs, salamanders and koalas for human consumption.
This outbreak, along with SARS nearly 20 years ago, shines a critical light on the Chinese cultural practice of eating animals which other cultures consider taboo.
Wild nutrition culture of China puts all the world in danger. Boycott could be request against China by all people of the world. Sorry for disgusting video. #coronovirus66:16 AM – Jan 24, 2020Twitter Ads info and privacySee Wuhan Leaks Live’s other Tweets
Some Chinese men like to eat baby rat alive #WuhanCoronavirus #coronovirus #CoronavirusChino #CoronavirusOutbreak #Wuhan pic.twitter.com/pSd6c3OL1B
— phsphd (@phsphd1) January 23, 2020
There is already one confirmed case of the virus in Melbourne from a man who arrived from Wuhan on a flight via Guanghzhou and two cases in Sydney.