Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the moment a mother begs locals in her village not to burn down her house and asks for forgiveness after she allegedly spread COVID-19 upon returning from Italy.
The crying woman made her desperate plea in the commune of Kolinkivtsi in the south-western Ukrainian region of Chernivtsi Oblast, and the footage has been viewed 190,000 times on YouTube.
In the video, she says: “I beg you, please. You can punish me if you want. You can put me in the middle of the village.
“Kill me, shoot me, do whatever you want, just please do not touch my children.”
According to local media, the unnamed woman recently returned from a working trip to Italy and she failed to self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days afterwards to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
She then came into contact with many local residents, including her children and grandchildren, some of whom were later diagnosed with the deadly bug.
According to reports, the woman spread the virus to 14 people including the commune head.
As a result, her relatives have been by ostracised by locals who believe they are infected, and the worried mother wants to shoulder the responsibility alone to protect them.
As of 1st April, the Ukraine has reported 645 cases of COVID-19 and 17 related deaths, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.
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