Sir Paul McCartney reads his children's book, 'Hey Grandude!,' to school children in London. TNS
Sir Paul McCartney has pinned the blame for the coronavirus pandemic on Chinese wet markets, as he believes they risk public health.
Speaking to Howard Stern on his SiriusXM radio show, the former Beatle said: “They might as well be letting off atomic bombs because it’s affecting the whole world.”
“Whoever is responsible for this is at war with the world and itself,” said the music icon, who is a very public vegetarian and animal rights campaigner.
McCartney's criticism came after host Stern broached the subject of Chinese markets.
Although no origin for the deadly virus has been officially ascertained, some have held China’s wet markets that sell freshly slaughtered animals responsible.
Last week, more than 200 conservation groups across the world signed an open letter calling on the World Health Organisation to force the closure of markets where wild meat is sold for consumption.
During the show McCartney said, “I really hope that this will mean the Chinese government says, ‘Ok guys, we have really got to get super hygienic around here.’
“Let’s face it, it is a little bit medieval eating bats.”
He continued, “They don’t need all the people dying. And what’s it for? All these medieval practices. They just need to clean up their act. This may lead to it. If this doesn’t, I don’t know what will.”
McCartney also praised the community spirit that has emerged during the pandemic, saying: “A lot of people are pulling together and it is a great thing. It is inspiring.”
The 18-year-old guitarist behind the performances has turned into a social media star for his impromptu covers of Ennio Morricone classics.
Joselia began singing at the age of 3, and recently told her mother she wanted to do a song about fighting the coronavirus.
Paul Stein felt useless -- stuck in his Brooklyn brownstone apartment, watching his neighbors suffer deprivations as COVID-19 swept the city.
Morgan Mank, 31, was arrested shortly after driving the wrong way on Franklin Street in the Tribeca neighbourhood, where Swift owns a townhouse and several apartments in an adjacent building, a police spokesperson said.
The “Levitating” singer said that with her “really tight” circle of family and friends, she feels a certain type of “comfort”.
Hollywood's guilds each host their own annual ceremonies to honor the year's best films ahead of the season-capping Academy Awards.