Updated: March 11, 2020 12:06:06 pm
As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, nations are striving hard to stem the spread of the infection in various ways. While Italy, in an unprecedented move, has imposed a lockdown, and some nations have stepped up the construction of quarantine facilities, a video of Union Minister Ramdas Athwale chanting ‘Go corona, corono go’ is going viral.
In the video, the Republican Party of India (RPI) chief can be chanting the slogan along with Chinese Consul General in Mumbai, Tang Guocai, and Buddhist monks. The video, reportedly shot at Gateway of India on February 20 during a prayer session, has left netizens in splits.
Watch the video here:
As the video started doing the rounds on Tuesday, a netizen remarked, “Why no one thought simply asking the virus to leave would’ve worked.”
However, Athawale is not the only one. A video of a group of women singing a folk song asking the “coronavirus to leave the country” has also gone viral.
Here’s how people reacted to the video:
— Balaji Gopal (@gopalbalaji) March 10, 2020
Proud moment for India. Finally we found the cure for Corona. Absolutely incredible.
Wahhh Ramdas Athawale Saab… 500 topo ki salami aapko… 🤣🤣🤣
— Mayur Sejpal | मयूर सेजपाल 🇮🇳 (@mayursejpal) March 10, 2020
What did i jst c🤔😬
Cabinet Union Minister Ramdas Athawale Chants “Go Corona Go” slogans in Mumbai.Hope Corona virus undrstds eng. What an idea Sir ji to send Corona Virus out of India. Bt surprise is chinese consulate support slogan🤐 pic.twitter.com/EBLEmFtMJv
— Dr. Shabana Pathan (@DrShaabz) March 10, 2020
Athawale be like- Aise naaro se Angrez bhaag gaye, ye Chinese virus ki kya aukat 😂😂😂
— Yogi Patel (@TheYogiPatel) March 10, 2020
Then: Simon go back
Now: Go Corona! Corona Go! Go Corona! Corona Go! 😜
— Veer Mota Bhai™ (@tadipaar_hun) March 10, 2020
Almost sounds like driving away “Karuna” when it is needed the most 🤭
— Tina Edwin (@tinaedwin) March 10, 2020
This sounds more like encouraging Corona, go corno go corono!!
— Vandhana (@mariavandhana) March 10, 2020
Ye “Gokarna” beach ke baare me baat kar rahe hain. Bahut din se vacation nahi li hai inhone, usi baare me baat chal rahi hai. pic.twitter.com/gM4z3CjvlQ
— Rofl Gobhi (@RoflGobhi_) March 10, 2020
— Rizwan (@RizwanA94577851) March 10, 2020
— Pawan (@aware1974) March 10, 2020
The novel coronavirus, which was first detected in China’s Wuhan city last year, has since spread to several countries, including India, and killed over 4,000 globally. In India, the number of patients who tested positive for the Covid-19 stands currently at 47.
Outside China, Iran, Italy and South Korea have been severely affected by the infection and have recorded many deaths. As panic spreads, health organisations are trying their best to stop rumours from spreading and to raise awareness on how to prevent the disease.
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