We are living in a pandemic era. European countries are suffering a lot from covid-19. Italy is in worst condition. Many people thinks that it is because of Hug the chinese compaign.
Mayor of Florence, Italy, initiated a ‘Hug a Chinese’ campaign to “eradicate prejudice” against the Chinese and encouraged random pedestrians to essentially ‘hug’ a Chinese.
Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence, Italy, on February 1 initiated a ‘Hug a Chinese’ campaign on Twitter.He was even hailed for the fight against ‘racism’.
#coronavirus: seguiamo le indicazioni delle autorità sanitarie e usiamo cautela, ma nessun terrorismo psicologico e soprattutto basta con i soliti sciacalli che non vedevano l’ora di usare questa scusa per odiare e insultare. Uniti in questa battaglia comune! #AbbracciaUnCinesepic.twitter.com/pUdqEl0piW
Many people wrote in diffrent social networking sites that it was a great mistake. because of this campaign Italy suffered a lot.
Some of the newspapers also raised the same question. However it was not a great campaign by Mr. Mayor.
While there is no conclusive evidence that the ‘Hug a Chinese’ campaign might have spread coronavirus in Italy, as not all Chinese people are carriers of virus and hence they should not be discriminated against, it does not take away the fact that the campaign was perhaps not well thought of. It put political correctness over common sense and precaution.
Coronavirus in Italy
After China, Italy has seen the highest number of deaths from the deadly virus. Over a 139,422 people have died in Italy while the global figure is at over 1,519,196. In past 24 hours only almost 700 + people have died in Italy due to coronavirus. Italy has tightened its quarantine and the US has banned flights to Europe.