Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
A Russian company is reportedly selling sliced bread that it claims has ‘anti-coronavirus’ ingredients.
A photo of the product, taken in the city of Grozny in the south-western Russian republic of Chechnya, was widely shared on social media.
According to local media, the bread contains ginger which is being promoted on the bread as ‘anti-coronavirus’.
The packaging reads ‘ginger bread, anti-coronavirus’ and adds: “The antiviral characteristics of ginger have been proved by studies. It is capable of combating various types of viruses.”
Due to the belief that ginger can fend off viruses, Russian consumers have reportedly been buying stocks at overinflated prices.
According to local media, ginger is currently selling for around 3,000 RUB (32 GBP) per kilogramme (2.2 lbs) in many Russian stores while lemon is priced at around 500 RUB (5.35 GBP) for the same amount.
The items normally cost around 100 RUB (1 GBP) and 300 RUB (3.2 GBP) respectively.
Netizen ‘Oxana Abdullina’ said: “Human stupidity is growing.”
‘Alexander Pichugin’ commented: “This is just another marketing trick.”
‘Andrey Anatolievich’ wrote: “Diseases are treated with drugs, ginger and lemon are food. Why not just shove a sausage up your nose or rub some cottage cheese into your gums?”
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