A man – dubbed a moron – who filmed himself licking a toilet bowl while taking part in the “coronavirus challenge” is now reportedly ill in hospital with the deadly disease.
In a video shared on video sharing platform, TikTok, the man is seen placing his mouth around the toilet bowl and extending his tongue to lick it.
The man who chose to take part in the challenge is now sick in the hospital, according to Piers Morgan on GMB.
“You may remember also the other idiot, this is also in America, as part of the coronavirus challenge some morons are doing, went into his local toilet cubicle and licked the bowl.
“I think this called karma – he’s got coronavirus.”
Piers also took to Twitter to ask why hospitals are treating the man after he intentionally put himself in harm’s way.
“Why is this moron getting treated? He should be in jail, not taking up a vital hospital bed.”
The “coronavirus challenge” started after a TikTok influencer shared a clip of herself licking a toilet seat as someone says “it’s corona time“.
She told Metro UK: “I was tired of that b***h corona getting more publicity than ME. I’m the real celebrity.”
She added that health experts “can suck it” and claimed, “I’m fine“.
She went on to say if her actions lead to other people becoming ill with the deadly virus “that’s their problem“.
The so-called “coronavirus challenge” – which sees people share videos online of themselves licking objects in public places – has been slammed as “highly irresponsible” by health experts.
In one video, a man licks a pole on public transport to the disgust of another who moves away, while another video sees a man – whose Twitter account has now been suspended – licking a public toilet seat.
Metro reports that TikTok has confirmed it will remove all challenge content from the site – though a trio of clips from Britain showing a man licking a car door handle, scooter and other surfaces was still live on Tuesday night.
NHS England has also expressed outrage at the behaviour, with medical director of primary care Nikki Kanani calling it “highly irresponsible” and the challenge “pointless“.
“Our NHS staff are working round the clock to prepare to treat those who need it during the peak of the pandemic – the last thing they need is internet trends unnecessarily putting people in hospital,” she added.
Monkeys attack lab assistant, escape with COVID-19 samples
A gang of monkeys attacked a laboratory assistant and escaped with a batch of coronavirus test samples, it has been reported.
The bizarre incident saw the troop of primates launch their assault near Meerut Medical College in Delhi, India.
According to local media, the animals then snatched COVID-19 test samples from three patients and fled.
One of the monkeys was later spotted in a tree chewing one of the sample collection kits, the Times of India reported – adding that test samples from the patients had to be taken again.
It is the latest example of the highly intelligent, red-faced rhesus macaques taking advantage of India’s nationwide lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus.
While they have proved an increasing problem in urban areas of the country in recent years, lockdown measures in the last two months have emboldened the monkeys.
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Covid-19: Uganda records 36 new cases toll now 317
Uganda has recorded 36 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 317, the country’s Health Ministry said late Thursday.
Out of the 2,230 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities, 24 Ugandan truck drivers and 12 close contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.
Twenty-six foreign truck drivers, who tested positive at the country’s common border entry points, were handed over to their country of origin, it said.
Out of the 317 COVID-19 cases, 69 have recovered and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the health ministry.
FG to use hotels, schools as quarantine, isolation centres
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government would require hotels and school dormitories as quarantine and isolation centres because of a shortage of hospital beds.
The minister noted that there were four levels of COVID-19 patients ranging from those on quarantine with zero or mild symptoms to those that would need to be in the intensive care unit.
The minister said,
“We have sadly recorded 254 deaths, most of them are persons associated with other ailments, confirming the general observation that risks are higher for those with illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes and non-communicable diseases.
“We need to continue increasing bed capacity to match the probable number of patients, so that we do not experience horrific scenes of bed space shortages seen in some European hospitals.
“In event of overflow, we can require hotels and school dormitories to be prepared for level 1 which is quarantine, and level 2, is isolation of COVID-19 positive with zero or mild symptoms, to free hospital beds to be dedicated to level 3 which are moderate to severe cases and level 4 which is for the high dependency and the intensive care unit.
“I, therefore, call on activists and philanthropists to work with state governments to scale up non-pharmaceutical measures and beef up infrastructural assets for isolation and treatment in their states.”
Ehanire said Nigeria would review its participation in the World Health Organisation solidarity trial. He also stated that proposals for trial of local remedies for COVID-19 had been sent to the relevant research and testing agencies for scientific evaluation.
“The Madagascar herbs have been received at the Ministry of Health, and were found to consist of two varieties; one labelled to be for prevention and the other for treatment. Samples have been given to three agencies of the Ministry of Health and also to the Ministry of Science and Technology.
“These are normal processes for new preparations to be approved for use in Nigeria, and include toxicological and efficacy tests and clinical trials. Government will investigate all genuine efforts to find homegrown solutions to the pandemic.”
The minister said Madagascar’s drugs had been sent to NAFDAC, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development, and the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research.
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