"Corona, corona": Thai Batman fights virus with catchy tune

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[March 18, 2020]    By Juarawee Kittisilpa
 BANGKOK (Reuters) - "If you have a fever, 37.5 or over, you need to immediately see a doctor," croons a Thai teacher cosplaying as Batman, in a music video aimed at raising awareness about the new coronavirus and how to guard against it.

Thai teacher Worrawut Lakchai dressed as a batman sings and dances in fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Udon Thani province, Thailand in this screen grab obtained by Reuters from social media undated video, on March 18, 2020. YOUTUBE/HUGIDEA /via REUTERS

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," he says.

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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