Italian Virologist Says Concerns Over “Racism” Crippled Italy’s Coronavirus Response

Italian Virologist Says Concerns Over “Racism” Crippled Italy’s Coronavirus Response, by Paul Joseph Watson.

An Italian virologist says that the country’s attempt not to appear “racist” in the early says of the coronavirus outbreak crippled the ability to properly respond to the pandemic.

Professor of Virology and Microbiology at the University of Padova Dr. Giorgio Palù told CNN that measures imposing travel restrictions and border controls were taken too late due to fears over political correctness.

“There was a proposal to isolate people coming from the epicenter, coming from China,” Palù told CNN. “Then it became seen as racist, but they were people coming from the outbreak.”

Political correctness explains the strange slowness of our governments to close borders. Didn’t want to appear racist? Believed the Chinese Communist Party propaganda? Culpable nonetheless.

The Mayor of Florence launched a nationwide campaign at the start of February encouraging Italians to hug Chinese people on the street to “stem the hatred.”

This once again underscores how political correctness, which leftists often define as “just being nice to people,” can often have deadly consequences.

Why Italy? Turns out it was the Chinese:

Fourth, and rarely mentioned, is that Italy today is evidently home to a large Chinese community (more than 300,000), made up of people who arrived in the past two decades and who work in the textile and leather sector.

Many of the Chinese living in Italy are from Wuhan and Wenzhou, and some had just been in Wuhan and Wenzhou for the Chinese New Year on January 25, when the Chinese authorities could not hide the epidemic any longer.

These Chinese had returned to Italy from China before the Italian government suspended flights from there. The epidemic emerged in Lombardy; Bergamo, one of the capitals of the Italian textile industry, was one of the first cities affected.

Well well.