New Delhi: It was all written down in the pages of a fiction book some 40 years ago that Wuhan city in China would become the epicentre of the deadly COVID-19 or coronavirus. The viral infection that has spread like an epidemic across 25 countries around the world has killed more than 1,700 people with 105 new deaths reported on Sunday. Also Read - German State Finance Minister Commits Suicide Amid Fears of Financial Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic
Dean Koontz in his thriller novel The Eyes of Darkness, written in 1981, had mentioned an outbreak of a virus that was called “Wuhan-400”. In his book, he said that ‘the virus’ was a “biological weapon” created at research laboratories “outside of the city of Wuhan”. Also Read - Coronavirus: Total Positive Cases Climb to 1024, Death Toll Reaches 27, State Borders Sealed | Top Points
The excerpt from the book, along with a picture of its cover page, was shared on Twitter by a user who goes by the handle @DarrenPlymouth, who enlightened the social media world to this mention. “It is a strange world we live in,” his tweet on the micro-blogging site read. Also Read - IPL 2020 Set to be Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic: Report
Since then, netizens around the world have been stumped by the uncanny coincidence. Here’s how some of the Tweeple reacted:
The novel’s excerpt was also shared by Congress Minister Manish Tewari, who said: “Is Coranavirus a biological Weapon developed by the Chinese called Wuhan -400? This book was published in 1981. Do read the excerpt.”
The Chinese authorities have received reports of 2,048 new confirmed cases of novel coronavirus infection from 31 provincial-level regions and the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, a total of 10,844 patients infected by the deadly virus were discharged from hospital after recovery. India also began a phased release of Wuhan-return people today who were quarantined at the ITBP Chawla Camp in Delhi.
The coronavirus outbreak originated in central China’s Hubei province in December last year. It has now spread to several countries, including India.