Bats and scorpions are back on sale at Chinese meat markets – just months after the outbreak of coronavirus which has caused tens of thousands of deaths around the world.
A shocking eyewitness report claims huge crowds descended on indoor markets in Guilin, south west China, and Dongguan, southern China, when they re-opened yesterday.
Many places in China, where the killer disease originated, have celebrated "victory" over coronavirus as businesses open their doors for the first time in weeks.
The scene was witnessed by a Mail on Sunday correspondent, who described it as "deeply troubling".
The paper reports that no efforts seemed to have been made to prevent a future outbreak by raising hygiene standards.
In Dongguan, bats – linked to the Covid-19 outbreak – are advertised by a medicine seller.
The Chinese population have been urged by the government to return to normal, with just a tiny number of new infections reported.
The unnamed China-based correspondent said: "Everyone here believes the outbreak is over and there's nothing to worry about any more.
"It's just a foreign problem now as far as they are concerned."
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And in Dongguan, they stated, the only change was that guards were stopping people taking pictures.
"The markets have gone back to operating in exactly the same way as they did before coronavirus," they said.
The coronavirus has been traced back to a market in Wuhan, which was completely shut down in the aftermath of the outbreak.
More than 665,000 people have been infected around the world, with Spain, Italy, the US and Britain among the worst-affected countries.
At least 30,900 people are known to have died.
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