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Weird News Indian inventor revs up corona car to drive home lockdown message

10:50  09 april  2020
10:50  09 april  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Yadav said police had been 'supportive' of his mission © NOAH SEELAM Yadav said police had been 'supportive' of his mission

A giant coronavirus is stalking the streets of southern India -- propelled by a 100 cc engine and an inventor trying to drive home the message that Indians should stay indoors as the pandemic sweeps across the world. 

a man riding a motorcycle on a city street: Drivers look on as Sudhakar Yadav (inside) drives his coronavirus-themed car through Hyderabad © NOAH SEELAM Drivers look on as Sudhakar Yadav (inside) drives his coronavirus-themed car through Hyderabad

Sudhakar Yadav's wacky small single-seater car -- made of fluorescent-green fibre and complete with the red crown-like spikes of the virus -- has been racking up the miles in the tech hub of Hyderabad to remind fellow citizens of the dangers of COVID-19. 

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Inventor Sudhakar Yadav has been taking his coronavirus-themed car for a spin in Hyderabad to remind fellow citizens of the dangers of COVID-19 © NOAH SEELAM Inventor Sudhakar Yadav has been taking his coronavirus-themed car for a spin in Hyderabad to remind fellow citizens of the dangers of COVID-19

"People are not scared and are still... on the streets despite the clear danger," the 67-year-old Yadav, who runs a printing business, told AFP.

"My message through the car art is to make them understand that it is dangerous to be out on the streets and the safest place right now is the home."

Yadav says he was inspired by virus-shaped helmets worn by police elsewhere in India as they try to inject some light-heartedness into their enforcement of a crippling 21-day national lockdown.

In the tech-hub of Bangalore, officers wearing red and green coronavirus helmets danced around drivers ignoring quarantine, while their colleagues blew horns and banged gongs to simulate a virus attack.

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a group of people riding on the back of a truck: A man in Hyderabad has manufactured a single-seater vehicle that's shaped like a coronavirus to spread awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic © Noah SEELAM A man in Hyderabad has manufactured a single-seater vehicle that's shaped like a coronavirus to spread awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic

In the southern city of Chennai, police inspector Rajesh Babu joined with a local artist to design a helmet with red spikes and bulbs to shock drivers there.

Yadav the inventor -- who holds a Guinness World Record for designing the world's largest tricycle -- said the Hyderabad police had been "supportive" of his journey.

"They want the car to be showcased to create awareness," he told AFP, adding he planned to donate the vehicle to local authorities to maximise its use during the lockdown. 

Yadav has been designing quirky art pieces for almost five decades, including cars shaped as a burger, cricket ball and a computer.

He also took motorbike engines, encased them in cigarette and condom-shaped fibre frames and drove them around Hyderabad to raise awareness about cancer and safe sex.

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