13 July 2020
Short-legged Ground-Roller. Mantadia NP. One of the top 5 coolest members of the endemic ground-roller family! COVID in the 8th Continent (installment 20). It has been an eventful and tragic few days. Although my town had a case or two early on, among folks who had recently returned home from France, there had been none for months. That changed over the weekend, when a local man in his 40s was hospitalized, then died soon thereafter. He was tested, and the cause of his death was covid. He was a taxi driver, and additional tests have confirmed the transmission of the virus to some of his colleagues. It's also feared that he might have infected many others, as these "bajaj" mini taxis take 100s or 1000s of passengers for short distances every day.