Manila: It was an unusual sight in Philippines as hundreds of brides and grooms kissed each other and exchanged vows wearing blue surgical masks at a mass wedding ceremony. The mass ceremony, which took place on Thursday in the coastal city of Bacolod had made it compulsory for all participants to wear surgical masks, provided by the authorities, amid the coronavirus outbreak. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Death Toll Reaches 2,346 in China, 2 in Italy; 123 Infected in South Korea
“It feels different to kiss while masked, but it was required. The place was jam-packed, ” John Paul Inventor, told Reuters. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Aamir Khan Urges Chinese Fans to Take Precautions, Follow Government Instructions
Annual mass weddings are a post-Valentine’s Day tradition in the city, with a record 2,013 couples participating in 2013. Also Read - Watch | Scared Airline Passengers Cover Themselves In Full-Body Plastic Over Coronavirus Fears
The pictures of the couples trying to kiss through the masks have gone viral on social media.
Further, as a precautionary measure, all the couples present had to complete health declarations detailing a travel history for 14 days.
So far, three people have been diagnosed with the deadly virus in the Philippines and one person has succumbed to it. The Philippine government has also told citizens not to travel to mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Meanwhile, the death toll from the deadly virus on Sunday stood at 2,346, with 64,084 confirmed cases in China’s Hubei Province, the epicentre of COVID-19.