GUWAHATI: As countries face lockdown, people are binging on Netflix. Viewers have now pointed out bizarre similarities between sub-plots of a Korean drama and the current coronavirus epidemic.
In 2018, Terrius Behind Me or My Secret Terrius had started airing. In the 53rd minute of the show’s 10th episode a scene unfolds around manmade virus.
The doctors in the scene are seen talking about coronavirus, MERS, SARS and common flu “all fall in the same family with the same gene information” and that coronavirus causes respiratory disease.
It is worth mentioning that, a novel called “The Eyes of Darkness” written by Dean Koontz in 1981 talks about a virus called Wuhan-400 which was created as a biological weapon outside the city of Wuhan. A twitter user pointed this out and since then netizens have expressed their views on this bizarre coincidence through tweets.
Meanwhile, the whole country is under a 3-week lockdown to fight coronavirus pandemic.
The State government in Assam has spelt it out in clear terms that any violation of the 21-day lockdown that began from midnight on Tuesday is punishable under the Disaster Management Act. The government has also assured the people of the State that there won’t be any dearth of essential commodities in the State during the lockdown.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, State Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said, “Those who’ve come from outside the State have been stamped on their hands. They’ve also been asked to keep themselves home quarantined. All Deputy Commissioners (DCs) have been asked to monitor this. Village Defence Parties (VDPs), gaonburhas and ASHA workers have also been observing them. If they come out of their houses, stringent action will be taken against them under the Disaster Management Act.”
Barring essential services, if anybody violates the lockdown, he/she will only invite unnecessary peril for them.
On the availability of essential commodities in the State, the Chief Secretary said, “We’ve 3,09,000 metric tonnes (MT) of rice in stock – enough for three months. Apart from the present stock of pulses in the State, 10,000 MT is set to be supplied by the NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd); 5,000 MT of sugar is also coming to the State. While 12 train rakes of essential commodities have already arrived in Tinsukia on Wednesday, similar number of rakes of such commodities are set to arrive on Thursday.”