COVID-19 April Fool’s Jokes may send you to jail for 5 years
Authorities have warned there will be serious penalties against people trying to make any coronavirus-related jokes on April Fools’ Day.
An online report mentioned that multiple countries have already threatened jail time for people who would dare making COVID-19 jokes on April 1st amidst a serious global pandemic.
In Thailand, a joke would cost up to five years in prison. In Taiwan, a fine of up to 100,000 US dollars will be imposed to whoever jokes about the illness. In India, there would be “legal action” ready against individuals.
Likewise, spreading false news or information regarding the virus has been discouraged by Taiwan president Tsai Ing-wen.
There are over 860,000 cases of the disease worldwide as of the first day of April, and over 42,000 deaths.
The United States has become the new center of the pandemic, with 188,592 cases reported.
Italy has 105,792 cases, and the most number of deaths at 12,428. Spain has 95,923 cases.
The magnitude of having the illness is huge; persons who have had close contact with an infected individual would also have to undergo 14-day quarantine.
Contact tracing is already difficult for other countries, and not cooperating with pre-cautionary measures might result to more cases.