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The Guardian’s Verna Yu has this explainer on what a wet market is – and why Wuhan’s is different:
At the crack of dawn every day, “wet markets” in China and across Asia come to life, with stall owners touting their wares such as fresh meat, fish, fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices in an open-air setting.
The sights and sounds of the wet market form part of the rich tapestry of community life in Asia. They are where local people buy affordable food, or just go for a stroll and meet their neighbours for a chat.
While “wet markets”, where water is sloshed on produce to keep it cool and fresh, may be considered unsanitary by western standards, most do not trade in exotic or wild animals and should not be confused with “wildlife markets” – now the focus of vociferous calls for global bans.
The now-infamous Wuhan South China seafood market, suspected to be a primary source for spreading Covid-19 in late 2019, had a wild animal section:
Here’s our report on the results of the first general election of the coronavirus outbreak, where South Korea’s ruling party has won a landslide victory in national assembly elections, in what is being seen as an endorsement of President Moon Jae-in’s response to the pandemic.
Moon’s left-leaning Democratic party and its smaller affiliate won 180 seats in the 300-seat assembly – the biggest majority in the national assembly by any party since South Korea’s transition to democracy in 1987 – according to the Yonhap news agency. The conservative opposition United Future party and its smaller sister party won 103 seats.
Turnout was 66.2%, higher than any parliamentary elections held in South Korea since 1992.
Australian riot police enter Villawood detention centre
Australia’s immigration detention centres have been largely forgotten during this crisis. But detainees remain scared.
AAP has this report:
Riot police have entered western Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre to stop a protest by detainees concerned about a COVID-19 outbreak in the facility.
Three detainees in the centre’s Blaxland compound have been holding a rooftop protest since Saturday while others remain on a hunger strike demanding COVID-19 virus testing and the release of detainees, according to the Refugee Action Coalition.
“Other detainees in Blaxland have been locked in their rooms,” the Refugee Action Coalition said in a statement on Thursday.
The riot squad are on the scene with police working with Australian Border Force to control the situation, a NSW Police spokeswoman told AAP.