NEW DELHI: Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has slammed China over coronavirus. In a video posted in his YouTube channel, he is visibly upset about the impact of COVID-19 around the world and the economy.
The video called “Cricket is in Danger | The World is at High Risk | Shoaib Akhtar My Take on the Ongoing issue that has Jolted Everything around us. My Prayers for the World” can be found below:
"I don’t understand why you have to eat things like bats, drink their blood and urine and spread some virus across the globe I’m talking about the Chinese people. They have put the world at stake. I really don’t understand how can you eat bats, dogs, and cats. I’m really angry.
"The whole world is at risk now. The tourism industry has been hit, the economy is badly affected and the whole world is going towards a lockdown. I'm not against the people of China but I'm against the law of animals. I understand this may be your culture but this is not benefitting you now, it is killing humanity. I'm not saying you boycott the Chinese but there has to be some law. You cannot go on and eat anything and everything," he added.
As conspiracy theories abound on how coronavirus epidemic started, Lijian Zhao, Spokesperson & Deputy Director General, Information Department, Foreign Ministry, has gone ahead and pointed blame at the US Army.
He tweeted, “The director of the US Centers for Disease Control was arrested. When did Patient Zero appear in the United States? How many people are infected? What is the name of the hospital? It may be that the US military brought the epidemic to Wuhan. America needs to be transparent! To make the data public! The United States owes us an explanation!”
The US President, Donald Trump, retweeted a tweet from conservative commentator Charlie Kirk referring to COVID-19 as the “China Virus”
Trump had earlier said that the virus originated in China and is now spreading around the world.