"WhatsApp Coronavirus Jokes Highly Avoidable," Says Hema Malini, BJP MP

"WhatsApp Coronavirus Jokes Highly Avoidable," Says Hema Malini, BJP MP

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"WhatsApp Coronavirus Jokes Highly Avoidable," Says Hema Malini, BJP MP

BJP leader Hema Malini hit out at people making insensitive jokes about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country, warning them such jokes were in bad taste as people were dying around the world.

"They don't know how serious and dangerous this (the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 4,500 lives and infected at least a lakh of people) is," the actor-turned-politician told news agency ANI today.

"I have seen people joking about it on WhatsApp, saying things like "corona, marona". This is wrong. Coronavirus should not be taken lightly," Hema Malini said.

The BJP parliamentarian, who retained her Mathura Lok Sabha seat in last year's election, also cautioned people to be conscious of basic hygiene and said Indians needed to be "extra-careful" because of crowded cities.

"We must be extra-careful because we live in large families and in crowded neighbourhoods and cities, where the chances of infection spreading are very high," she said.