Politician who claimed bathing in mud and blowing a conch shell gave you immunity to coronavirus tests positive for Covid-19 in India
An Indian politician who filmed himself sitting in mud puddle and blowing a conch, claiming that it prevented coronavirus, has tested positive for the disease.
Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria, an MP from the northern state of Rajasthan, was among 24 MPs who tested positive for the virus on September 14, local media reported.
A month before the diagnosis, he had uploaded a bizarre video to his Facebook page in which he could be seen sitting shirtless in a muddle field, blowing a conch shell.
'Go out, get wet in the rain, sit in the dirt, work on the farm, blow a conch … and eat "desi" things. One gains immunity from doing these things,' he says in Hindi.
The news broke as India surged past 5million confirmed cases of coronavirus, adding 97,894 cases overnight Wednesday, the country's largest single-day rise yet.
India has also suffered more than 83,000 deaths, with 1,132 people perishing from the disease between Wednesday and Thursday.
It took India just 11 days to go from 4million cases to 5million, meaning it now has the fastest-rising coronvirus outbreak of any country in the world.
Jaunapuria is far from the only prominent politician to propose an odd cure for coronavirus.
Belarus president Alexsander Lukashenko said earlier this year that riding tractors, drinking vodka and taking saunas would prevent the disease, before testing positive.
In Mexco, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador revealed he was carrying amulets which he said protect him from disease, while Puebla Governor Luis Miguel Barbosa Huerta claimed poor people were immune to the disease.
Suman Haripriya, another Indian lawmaker from the state of Assam, touted the theory that cow urine and dung could be used to sterilise infected areas, while Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, suggested yoga was also a cure.
And US president Donald Trump suggested that scientists should look into whether injecting disinfectant could be a cure for the virus.
In the big states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, that are also some of the worst-affected by the virus, demand for oxygen has more than tripled, doctors and government officials said, prompting urgent calls for help.
nano10, Sydney, Australia
Hahahahahahahaha......... what a moron
Gary_London, London, United Kingdom
Is it my imagination, or do politics attract a higher percentage of idiots than other professions? It seems to be a global trait these days.
The Billy Hawk, London, United Kingdom
What a delusional individual.
mayfairgirl, Toronto, Canada
He was probably selling the shells at inflated prices
PandaGirl12345678910, Somewhere, United Kingdom
Lord Cheshire, Shirahama, Japan
To be fair He gave it his best shot!
gramps049, Somewhere over the rainbow, United Kingdom
I've done it too. Does that mean I'm not immune?
Sceptic25, Rochford, United Kingdom
Well that's one remedy I won't be trying !
hockeyeh, Toronto, Canada
antipolitician, UK, United Kingdom
Maybe he didn't blow the conch long enough or hard enough.
Four4eyes, london, United Kingdom
No crazier than the worst of Trump's suggestions.
AllyBallieBee, back home, United Kingdom
Good grief is this real? Hahaah
Filomeno, Plymouth, Guernsey
Won't try's that then!!!!!
Up the boro, Middlesbrough
It seems to me that the worlds politicians are all raving lunatics it's not just the UK USA FRANCE GERMANY RUSSIA CHINA ETCETC ITS EVERYWHERE haha i
WilburSmith, Wilburville, United Kingdom
At first glance I thought it was David Cameron.
Education Helps, Thailand, Thailand
Hard to believe that people like this are given status and power over populations!!
pullover-fitzbadly, London, United Kingdom
He misunderstood blowing. It should have worked otherwise.
Miskina, Fgura, Malta