Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, Archbishop of Yangon, whose country, Myanmar, borders China, has made a dramatic intervention in the international debate about the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying that Beijing and the Communist Party of China are morally culpable for the global spread of the coronavirus.
To date, according to the World Health Organisation, the virus has infected nearly a million people and 46,000 have died.
Writing on UCA News the cardinal laments the threat the virus poses to his own country.
He describes Myanmar’s vulnerability in this way: “Bordering China, where Covid-19 first began, we are a poor nation without the health and social care resources that more developed nations have. Hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar are displaced by conflict, living in camps in the country or on our borders without adequate sanitation, medicines or care. In such overcrowded camps the social distancing measures implemented by many countries are impossible to apply. The healthcare systems in the most advanced countries in the world are overwhelmed, so imagine the dangers in a poor and conflict-ridden country like Myanmar.”
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With thanks to The Tablet and James Roberts, where this article originally appeared.