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Man pretends to be coronavirus patient for prank video, now could go to jail for 5 years

"Accomplices shouted phrases about the presence of a dangerous viral infection... provoking panic among passengers," a spokeswoman for the ministry, Irina Volk, said in a statement.

Coronavirus prankster faces five-years' jail The prankster was detained on “suspicion of criminal hooliganism” and will face up to five years of imprisonment if convicted.

A man has been arrested by the Moscow police for pretending to be a coronavirus victim and collapsing inside a metro.

A video of the prank, which has gone viral on several social media platforms, shows a man in a mask stumbling and falling on the floor pretending to have a seizure due to the deadly virus that has claimed hundreds of lives in China. The prank triggered panic among other passengers, causing many to evacuate the train. Read in Tamil

According to a BBC report, the prankster was detained on “suspicion of criminal hooliganism” and will face up to five years of imprisonment, if convicted.

Watch the video here:

“Accomplices shouted phrases about the presence of a dangerous viral infection… provoking panic among passengers,” a spokeswoman for the ministry, Irina Volk, said in a statement, the news website reported.

First published on: 12-02-2020 at 14:07 IST
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