Hong Kong is on lockdown right now.
After months of often violent protests from Chinese dissidents angered by the communist regime’s refusal to give its citizens in Hong Kong more autonomy and sovereignty, a deadly virus from the mainland has further put Hong Kong in a state of disarray. Except for pockets of unrest along the few remaining entry points into Hong Kong, what was a vibrant city of some 7.5 million, its streets dotted with ‘wet markets’ of produce and live animals fresh from the wild, has basically become deserted. That’s because Asia may have close to 100,000 sick from the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, by the time you read this. Medical masks are in such short supply. Hordes of Chinese souls line the streets outside the local pharmacy unlucky enough to have any rumored masks on hand.