Footage has emerged of a Hindu group drinking cow urine in the hope it’ll warn off the deadly coronavirus .
Around 200 people, part of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (All India Hindu Union), are seen sipping the liquid at a party.
Many Hindus consider the cow sacred and believe the urine has medicinal properties.
However, experts say there is no evidence cow urine can prevent coronavirus or cure diseases like cancer.
Chakrapani Maharaj, the chief of the All India Hindu Union, posed for photographs in New Delhi as he placed a spoon filled with urine.
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And one person at the party, Om Prakash, said: “We have been drinking cow urine for 21 years, we also take baths in cow dung.
“We have never felt the need to consume English medicine.”
Leaders from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party have advocated the use of cow urine as medicine and a cure for cancer.
A leader from India’s north eastern state of Assam told state lawmakers earlier this month during an assembly session that cow urine and cow dung can be used to treat the coronavirus.
The pathogen, which has infected more than 138,000 people worldwide and left over 5,000 dead, has no known scientific cure and governments across the world are struggling to control the spread of the pandemic.
Flights from the UK to Spain have today been cancelled as a result.
And in the US, Donald Trump pledged to pump £40billion in the bid to battle coronavirus. He also announced a national emergency “to unleash the full power of the federal government”.
During his press conference this afternoon, he urged Americans to only get tested if they need to.
The President levelled with his fellow countrymen, telling them they would have to make sacrifices in the near future to benefit in the long-term.
As of 9am on 14 March, a total of 37,746 people in the UK have been tested for the virus – 36,606 tested negative and 1,140 were positive, the Department of Health and Social Care said.
England’s Chief Medical Officer also confirmed that 10 patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in England have sadly died – it brings the UK death toll to 21.
Professor Chris Whitty said: “I am sorry to confirm 10 further patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in England have died.
“All 10 individuals were in the at risk groups.