Madhya Pradesh: Youth who mocked masks in TikTok viral videos test positive for coronavirus

BHOPAL: A young deputy, who tried to ridicule the use of masks, saying he trusts God and not a cloth, has tested positive.

Rather than cheery in contrast to his older videos, the 25-year-old posted a TikTok clip from his hospital bed on Saturday, saying: Pray for me, folks. That's the last video he'll post from the hospital when his phone was taken from him.

His maskless videos had gone viral, like the disease. He is an electrician, but he came as a savior for many during the confinement, distributing vegetables to those in need for free. In his first TikTok video, he is seen wearing sunglasses and lounging in a two-wheeled vehicle while explaining why he doesn't wear a mask.

You hear someone asking: Arre bhai, virus ke wajah se mask nahi pahente (brother, why don't you wear a mask)? He replies: Iss kapde ke tukde pe kya bharosa karna, karna hai toh uss upar wale pe karo (why trust this piece of cloth, trust the Almighty). With this deep lingering statement in the air, he leaves in slow motion.

Local sources say he continued to walk around without a mask, distributing vegetables to help people.

On Friday, he tested positive and was admitted to Sagar. From his hospital bed, he posted a new video. Looking pale and sounding scared, he asks people to pray for him. The doctors have declared me a positive crown. Please continue to support me and pray for me. I will not be able to post TikTok videos from now on, he says in the video.

Health officials do not yet know how he became infected. As he had helped several people, the administration will go to the towns he visited to identify people with whom he may have been in contact.

The dean of the medical school, Dr. GS Patel, told mediators: The youth contact history is being traced to identify other people.

Police in Sagar suspect that he may have come with an infected person during a visit to Jabalpur. The town, where his five-year-old son and wife live, has been declared a containment area.