A shopper has been mocked on social media after taking bizarre measures to protect themselves against the deadly coronavirus for a trip to the shops.
Sporting a full-body white plastic suit and mask to cover their face, the shopper stunned locals with their bizarre attire while shopping for groceries and using the self-serve checkouts at two supermarkets in Wanganui, New Zealand.
A photo posted of the man to Facebook sparked discussion about his over-the-top outfit.
‘Could anyone be more prepared?’ the photo was captioned.
People soon pointed out the person wasn’t fully protected against the deadly virus with one vital piece of attire missing, as he wasn’t wearing gloves.
‘At first I thought maybe he was some sort of cleaning worker but then I saw him with his trolley bag and realised that probably wasn’t the case,’ local Carrie Sutton told the New Zealand Herald. ‘I had to laugh though, as they had no gloves on.’
The cautious shopper (pictured) was missing gloves during his trip to the shops
Others defended the cautious local’s actions and praised their commitment.
‘He might have been overseas to a country affected and is just taking precautions’, one commented.
Another added: ‘Better to be safe than sorry.’
The Kiwi donned a coronavirus kit when they visited the Pak’nSave Wanganui supermarket
Many health experts say face masks aren’t necessary effective in the protection against coronavirus.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention only recommends masks for those in a region currently experiencing an outbreak, health workers treating affected patients and anyone with flu-like symptoms.
For everyone else, the frequent washing hands, avoiding touching of the face and staying away from affected patients is recommended.
New Zealand recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus on Friday as the world death toll surges past 3,100.
The local also stunned fellow shoppers at Countdown Victoria Avenue in Whanganui
On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation admitted the world was now in ‘unchartered territory’, with the virus now spreading much more rapidly outside China than within the country.
Almost nine times as many cases had been reported in the past 24 hours beyond China than inside, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, adding that the risk of coronavirus spreading was now very high at a ‘global level’.
He said outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan were the greatest concern.
‘We are in uncharted territory – we have never seen before a respiratory pathogen that is capable of community transmission,’ he told a news briefing in Geneva.
‘But at the same time which can also be contained with the right measures.’
How has coronavirus spread from China?
The vast majority of confirmed infections of the Wuhan coronavirus have been diagnosed in China.
But almost 70 countries or territories outside of the mainland have also declared infections:
December 31: HUBEI PROVINCE (China)
January 13: THAILAND
January 16: JAPAN
January 20: USA, SOUTH KOREA
January 21: TAIWAN
January 22: MACAU, HONG KONG,
January 23: SINGAPORE
January 24: FRANCE, NEPAL, VIETNAM
January 25: CANADA, AUSTRALIA, MALAYSIA,
January 27: GERMANY, CAMBODIA, SRI LANKA
January 29: FINLAND, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
January 30: ITALY, PHILIPPINES, INDIA
January 31: UK, RUSSIA, SWEDEN, SPAIN
February 1: DIAMOND PRINCESS CRUISE SHIP
February 4: BELGIUM
February 14: EGYPT
February 19: IRAN
February 21: ISRAEL, LEBANON
February 24: KUWAIT, BAHRAIN, AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ, OMAN
February 25: AUSTRIA, CROATIA, SWITZERLAND
February 26: NORTH MACEDONIA, BRAZIL, GREECE, PAKISTAN, GEORGIA, NORWAY, ROMANIA
February 27: ESTONIA, DENMARK, NETHERLANDS, SAN MARINO
February 28: NIGERIA, LITHUANIA, BELARUS, NEW ZEALAND, MEXICO, ICELAND
February 29: MONACO, ECUADOR, QATAR, AZERBAIJAN
March 1: IRELAND, ARMENIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, CZECHIA, LUXEMBOURG
March 2: INDONESIA, TUNISIA, JORDAN