- Popular Hollywood actor, Jackie Chan, has offered the sum of N48.7 million in the bid to end coronavirus
- Jackie said that he would give the sum to whoever finds a cure to the disease
- It should be noted that the disease has claimed around 2,000 lives with thousands of people infected
The coronavirus death toll continues to rise, making global headlines in the process. In a bid to help, actor Jackie Chan has offered R2 million (N48,768,880.00) reward in exchange for an antidote.
The pressure to get the coronavirus outbreak under control is on as the death toll keeps rising.
Now veteran actor Jackie Chan has climbed on board in an attempt to find a solution, offering a 1 million yuan (N48,768,880.00) reward for the development of an antidote.
Legit.ng reported that the virus is thought to have originated in Wuhan, China and has since claimed 1400 lives with over 60000 infections to date.
The Star reports that Chan hopes to do more than offer songs and festivity to those affected:
“I have a 'naive' idea now. No matter which individual or organisation develops the antidote, I want to thank them with 1 million yuan.”
The actor insists the move was not about money, but about preventing his people from suffering and “fighting a virus until some of them are dead when they should be enjoying life”.
The World Health Organisation, in light of the continued severity of the situation, has declared the outbreak a global health emergency.
While no confirmed cases have been reported in South Africa, suspected cases were reported in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.
The Department of Health later confirmed that the patients had tested negative for the disease, even after undergoing the mandatory quarantine period.
Take a look at a few reactions to Chan's reward offer below:
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Tiger Ye (not his real name), a 21-year old narrated the ordeal he faced while battling coronavirus in Wuhan, China.
The 21-year-old first suspected he has caught the virus on Tuesday, January 21, when he started running a fever and could not finish his dinner because he was too weak.
Though little was known about the virus at that time, he visited Tongji Hospital where there were many people like him waiting in the line.
“I was scared. Countless cases were piling up on the desks, and every single doctor was wearing protective clothes, something I’d never seen before,” he said.
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That night after visiting the overworked hospital, he was able to get some medicine at a nearby smaller hospital because he could not deal with the queue.
The heartbreaking part of his story is that doctors earlier dismissed his cases as minor, telling him to just go home and quarantine himself.
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