A video has been circulating on social media showing a Chinese taxi driver throwing out a coughing passenger out of the car.
In the now-viral footage, the masked driver appeared alarmed as soon as he heard his customer cough.
The passenger got into the cab wearing a mask and asked the driver to take him to the hospital. As soon as the passenger coughed, the driver immediately asked him why he was coughing.
China is currently experiencing a coronavirus outbreak.
Wuhan, the capital of central China, has approximately nine million people under quarantine after the city was sealed due to the spread of the virus.
According to the latest reports, over 20 000 cases have been reported in China with an estimated 500 deaths.
Social media users had mixed reactions to the video. watch the video below
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“That is kind of heartless,” Marine CafeBlog said on Twitter.
“First, he lied to the taxi driver. I agree with the taxi driver. Kick all the lies,” Moamera Sumitro said.
“I think this was rude as hell. I understand people are scared but he should have asked him before he got in the car.
If that were your son or relative how would you feel if someone did that to you? Does not mean the young man was infected,” TweetThis Babe said.
“Nobody wants to be infected, he just did the right thing,” WrapUrMind said.
“Very hard to get the moral side from these vids. On one side it’s against morals and humanity just to get rid of a sick person on the street but on another side, there is a plaque around the country,” Hilman Anjaz said.
“Heartless is when he did not tell the taxi driver that he was feeling sick when asked first,” Ammar Mani said.
In the clip, the concerned driver commented on the passenger’s accent, which doesn’t sound local. He then asked the passenger if he had flu after hearing him sniffle.
The driver finally pulled over and told the passenger to get out of the vehicle.
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