It appears the zombie stage of the ongoing “coronavirus apocalypse” has formally begun, as demonstrated by the stunning events that unfolded in one South Indian community this past Friday.
According to the Indian daily newspaper Mint, a 32-year-old Indian man named Manikandan recently returned home to India after a trip abroad to Sri Lanka.
He was immediately placed on “home quarantine,” though it’s unclear if that was because of his trip abroad, or whether it was merely a part of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recently announced 21-day lockdown.
Regardless, while under “home quarantine,” Manikandan decided to, well, act like an insane zombie.
“[O]n Friday, he ran out naked and bit the throat of an aged woman lady living two streets away,” a local police officer reportedly said to the Indo-Asian News Service.
He was subsequently taken to a government hospital for testing and found to be suffering from coronavirus.
“[D]octors are also looking at his mental stability,” Mint confirmed.
You can guess how social media reacted to the story:
Stage 1 Corona Virus – Flu like symptoms
Stage 2 Corona Virus = Zombie like symptoms
Stage 3 – Zombie Apocalypse 😉
— bomber 💣 (@QuidisVeritas) March 29, 2020
This corona virus thing is stating to sound like Zombie apocalypse end of the world thing https://t.co/1r54v7ybMB
— Seun Johnson (@seanblade) March 29, 2020
Oh, crap… Is this the beginning of the #zombie #apocalypse? #coronavirus causes guy to… Maybe #encephalitis? Fwiw, I searched for this story all over twitter & Google, couldn’t find it. Came right up on Bing. If you can see this tweet, let me know! https://t.co/Stl4lMvsc0
— John Fiorello (@JohnFiorello) March 29, 2020
— Ree (@Athene18) March 29, 2020
This odd case does raise the question, what came first — his zombie-like insanity or the coronavirus? Suffice it to say, are the two linked in any way, or is Manikandan just a random nut job who happens to also suffer from the coronavirus?
The answer is, of course, obvious, given as of the nearly 700,000 people across the globe who’ve been diagnosed with the coronavirus, there’s been only one who’s gone off and bit the throat of an elderly woman.
But this isn’t to say that Manikandan is the only person to act bizarre during this crisis. In fact, some of the more bizarre coronavirus-cases have occurred here in the states.
Last Thursday in New Mexico, professional mixed martial artist Jon Jones was arrested in Albuquerque for driving while under the influence.
He “failed a breathalyzer test, which revealed his BAC was at least twice the legal limit. Police also reportedly found a handgun under the driver’s seat in Jones’ car and a bottle of liquor,” the New York Post reported.
When trying to explain himself to a local cop, he blamed his rash decision-making on feeling “stir-crazy” trapped at home during the global coronavirus pandemic.
Video from the arrest may be seen below:
And then there’s what happened Friday in Queens. After a man committed suicide by jumping from a bridge, a crowd gathered around his corpse to stare at it.
“As officers blocked off the surrounding area with yellow police tape, bystanders in the park gawked and took cell phone pictures of the scene,” the Post confirmed.
“This is a huge thing to happen here,” one bystander said. “There are a lot of questions and everyone is wondering what is going on.”
It’s the coronavirus zombie apocalypse, didn’t you know?
Granted, the real “apocalypse” is far more disturbing …
Last Thursday the Morning Star’s Italy correspondent, Mario Di Vito, ran a harrowing report on the conditions being faced in the European nation.
“EVERYTHING is blocked, there are no cars and very few people walk the streets,” he wrote. “A ghost nation that fights against the coronavirus but which also begins to show the first signs of fatigue: an unprecedented scenario since WW2.”
“At the time of writing there are 50,418 positive cases of Covid-19 and 6,077 are dead. No-one can say when the peak of the infections will occur and it is impossible to predict when the situation will return to normality.”
Terrifying numbers out of Italy today..
• 5959 new cases (86,498 total)
• 919 new deaths (9134 total)
— Adriano Del Monte (@adriandelmonte) March 27, 2020
Meanwhile, he continued, the Italian government has “asked Italians not to leave their houses, and all schools, shops, restaurants, and pubs were also closed except for supermarkets and pharmacies.”
“The police have already apprehended over 200,000 people and those actually charged with penalties for violating the coronavirus law number at least 10,000,” he continued. “Travelling is also reduced to a minimum: nobody can go from one city to another except to go to work or for ‘reasons of absolute urgency.'”
This is the real nightmare that’s manifesting itself across the entire globe, including here in the states, and while it contains no madmen running around naked and stabbing people, its long-term consequences — including the destruction of entire economies and the deaths of countless people — make a fictional “zombie apocalypse” almost sound pleasant in comparison.
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