Russia: Many passengers in the Siberian city of Omsk were shocked to see the taxi driver wearing protective clothing amid coronavirus outbreak.
Taxi driver Andrey Gonchar believes that the new strain of the coronavirus is affecting the world badly and that the number of cases is also having a negative impact on people’s psychology.
Andrey told RT’s Ruptly video agency that initially he wasn’t sure how the people would react, but “everyone considered it to be funny, positive; they laughed at it, everyone liked it.” Many also took selfies with the man.
According to driver Gonchar, although the coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 800 people, there is no reason to worry in Omsk, an area about 4,000 km away from Wuhan city.
There have been only two confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Russia, but both patients are Chinese and have recently been to mainland China. Both people infected with coronavirus and those who have been in contact with patients are being treated in specialized hospitals in Russia.
However, media reports about the coronavirus still sent many Russians into a frenzy, with face masks becoming a scarce commodity and prices on anti-viral drugs spiking so harshly that the government decided to intervene.
Andrey the cabbie said his masquerade is needed to “distract people from the coronavirus theme, from the huge amount of information about it… because lately there has been too much negativity around this theme, so much that everyone is afraid of the virus.”