Moscow's Razvedka Bar began selling its "coronavirus" cocktail
on Wednesday. The cocktail is served in a glass with two medical
syringes, one containing a bright red and the other a bright
green liquid, though the bar's manager, Anton Zagariya, declined
to identify the ingredients used.
Zagariya said the cocktail was designed to help Muscovites
refrain from panicking as the country records an increasing
number of cases of the virus. As of Thursday, Russia had
recorded 199 cases and one coronavirus-related death.
"The idea of this cocktail came suddenly, just like the virus
itself," Zagariya told Reuters.
"We decided... to try and lower the level of tension and panic,
which is our worst enemy in this situation."
On its Instagram page, the bar said the cocktail should be
consumed when a person is overtaken by the desire to stock up on
toilet paper and staples such as buckwheat for an eventual
"Of course you still need to wash your hands and do what the
World Health Organization (WHO) says," Zagariya added. "But
there's no need to panic. What for? It doesn't help anybody."
(Reporting by Evgenia Novozhenina; Writing Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber;
Editing by Gareth Jones)
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