James Cook: “Sudden arrival of an invader from another land”
Australians are celebrating the 250th anniversary of Captain James Cook’s arrival in Australia. Some gov’t servants know better.
A Victorian public health official has likened COVID-19 to Captain Cook’s arrival in Australia. On Thursday, the Victorian Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen faced calls to resign after she compared Captain James Cook’s arrival to Botany Bay to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Dr van Diemen tweeted, “Sudden arrival of an invader from another land, decimating populations, creating terror, forces the population to make enormous sacrifices & completely change how they live in order to survive. COVID19 or Cook 1770?”