- Many countries of the world have warned their citizens against pranks centred around coronavirus
- The warning was necessitated by 2020 April Fool's Day at a time the world is experiencing a pandemic
- Anyone found culpable of centering his jokes around coronavirus risks going to jail and being fined
The world is experiencing coronavirus pandemic and today is April Fool's Day, a period which virus-themed pranks will be a bad idea.
Many governments have warned against pranks centred around coronavirus and some even threatened to jail or fine anyone found culpable.
Taiwan threatened to jail anyone that spreads false news for a period of three years and also impose $100,000 fine on such person.
President Tsai Ing-wen posted on Facebook: “On April Fools’ Day we can exercise our sense of humour if we have to but we can’t make jokes on the pandemic to avoid breaking the law.
“I wish everybody not only a humorous but also healthy and safe April Fools’ Day.”
Thailand did something similar, but the jail term the country threatened is for a period of five years.
The government said on Twitter: “It’s against the law to fake having COVID-19 this April Fools’ Day."
In other news, Bassey Offiong was a 25-year-old student of Western Michigan University who died of coronavirus on Saturday, March 28.
The student, who was from Detroit, was expected to graduate with a chemical engineering degree in a few weeks, The Detroit News reports.
The deceased's sister identified as Asari Offiong said her brother told her he was turned down several times for the coronavirus test in the Kalamazoo area while living off-campus.
According to Asari, Bassey said he was turned down several times despite having fever, fatigue and shortness of breath.
She said: "I told him to ask them to test him. He said they refused to test him."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a lady simply identified as @FabDLP_ on Twitter has shared a heart-wrenching story of how she lost four family members to the coronavirus pandemic.
The lady said she lost her aunt and her aunt's daughter to the deadly disease. She said her aunt's daughter died the following day after the latter.
As if that was not enough, she said coronavirus virus also claimed the lives of her cousins' mother and their grandmother in less than 24 hours.
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