Car-onavirus: Chinese cabbie wears full HAZMAT SUIT while driving his taxi to avoid catching coronavirus
- Footage shows him in decontamination suit, goggles and surgical mask
- Tells his amused passenger in Beijing: ‘These are extraordinary times’
- Highly contagious disease has now claimed 170 lives in mainland China
This Chinese cabbie is taking no risks over the coronavirus – opting to wear a full hazmat suit to drive his passengers in Beijing.
Hilarious footage shows the driver wearing the yellow decontamination suit with the hood up and a pair of goggles and a surgical mask added for good measure.
The video was taken by an amused female passenger who was heading to the capital city’s airport on Saturday.
The highly contagious disease has now claimed 170 lives in mainland China and there are nearly 8,000 confirmed cases worldwide.
But while almost everyone wears a face mask to protect themselves, full hazmat suits are unusual.
After telling the cabbie to get to the airport ‘as soon as possible’, the passenger asks her driver: ‘Do you get many clients while dressed like this?’
The killer coronavirus rapidly sweeping the world has now infected every region of China and 20 other countries. The death toll is 170 and cases have soared past 7,900
The cabbie, who has a bottle of hand sanitiser, explains: ‘These are extraordinary times. I’m being responsible for myself, and for my family.’
After the passenger says, ‘Quite right,’ the cabbie continues: ‘Safety first right? It’s important to have awareness.’
The World Health Organization has so far stopped short of calling the epidemic a global health crisis, but the UN body is to meet today (30th January) and discuss an escalation of the virus’s status.
World Health Organization figures show just 2,014 patients had been struck down with the SARS-like infection by Sunday, January 26. This has now risen dramatically to 7,817, with cases in the US, Australia and Canada
As well as a dramatic increase in cases of the never-before-seen virus, figures also show the number of deaths have spiralled. Since yesterday, deaths rose by 38, marking the biggest 24-hour jump since the outbreak began last month