ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul’s startling and novel definition of COVID-19 (coronavirus) left social media users in stitches.
“COVID-19 means that it has 19 points that can be applied in any country in any way,” Zartaj Gul said while speaking during a programme on national television.
While in actual, COVID-19’s CO stands for corona (crown in Greek), VI for virus, D for disease and 19 for 2019.
The climate change minister’s new definition kicked up a storm on Twitter as her video started doing rounds on social media.
Later, the minister gave a clarification on the statement saying that “Every day I appear on national TV and speak without a piece of paper (parchi),” she tweeted. “Wanted to say that the infections effect and intensity varies across different countries. Instead of crying on the situation over a minor mistake, maybe that will be better for them. I am not afraid of criticism, it strengthens me.”