From almost the very beginning of the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis in January and early February, it’s often been asked whether it might be the “Chinese Chernobyl.” Could the crisis expose the weakness of the mix of oppression, information control, and social disgust that underpin the Chinese Communist regime and trigger its collapse? Others have suggested that it might instead be “president Xi Jinping’s Tiananmen,” meaning he will use all the tools at his disposal to tighten down and prevent, well . . . a Chinese Chernobyl.
It is too soon to know what may happen. But it’s not too soon for attempts to whitewash the timeline and Chinese-government actions in the earliest moments of the crisis. Indeed, even now, the level of public anxiety about both the virus and what the Chinese government is doing and saying about it remain high.
Bill Gates predicted a coronavirus-style pandemic would sweep the population in a Netflix documentary.
The Microsoft tycoon talked about a virus breaking out, in one episode of the Explained series aired late last year.
He warned of the likelihood of a virus forming in one of China’s wet markets – just like the one in Wuhan where coronavirus is believed to have originated. Bill said we’re not prepared to contain a pandemic and warned it could ‘kill millions of people’.
In the episode, titled The Next Pandemic, producers visit a wet market in Lianghua, China, where animals are killed and their meat is sold in the same place.
‘If you think of anything that could come along that would kill millions of people, a pandemic is our greatest risk,’ he said.
Around 150 African refugees and migrants perished off the Libyan coast on Thursday, in their apparent attempt to reach Europe.
UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, called it “the worst Mediterranean tragedy” so far this year.
Around 150 African migrants died off the Libyan coast on Thursday, in their apparent bid to reach Europe.Now their bodies are washing up on nearby beaches.
The Libyan Red Crescent recovered more than 60 bodies on Friday and the country’s coastguard has retrieved dozens more.
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