Thailand has reported more than 200 cases of the new coronavirus
so far, with daily numbers now in double digits, raising fears
of greater local transmission.
So in a catchy Thai country music tune, Worrawut Lakchai, a
41-year-old high school teacher in rural Udon Thani province,
reminds his community to monitor their body temperature, wear
masks and wash their hands.
"As a teacher, I wanted to create awareness for students, their
parents and the community. So I thought of making music to fight
the coronavirus," says Worrawut, whose version of Batman wears a
traditional Thai loincloth instead of the superhero's black
trunks, while dancing in the middle of a burning rice field.
While he says he was first inspired to wear the Batman costume
because the coronavirus had been rumoured to have come from
bats, he quickly drew a more important parallel.
"Batman is a superhero who doesn't have any magical powers but
he can fight his enemies with his own strength ... Similarly, we
have to fight a deadly disease with our strength and awareness,"
The video - which involves young students, farmers and the
elderly dancing at various locations to keep fit to ward off
diseases - has been commended as a creative way to remind people
how to fight the virus at a time of high stress.
"Eat hot food, use serving spoons, wash your hands," sings
Worrawut. "It's what we must do, to fight corona."
(Writing by Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Editing by Giles Elgood)
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