An Indian politician who filmed himself sitting in mud puddle and blowing a conch, claiming that it prevented coronavirus, has tested positive for the disease.
Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria, an MP from the northern state of Rajasthan, was among 24 MPs who tested positive for the virus on September 14, local media reported.
A month before the diagnosis, he had uploaded a bizarre video to his Facebook page in which he could be seen sitting shirtless in a muddle field, blowing a conch shell.
Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria, an MP from the northern state of Rajasthan, claimed that sitting in a mud puddle and blowing a conch shell would provide immunity to coronavirus
Jaunapuria, who also claimed that eating 'desi' - indigenous - foods would prevent the disease, has now tested positive for coronavirus
'Go out, get wet in the rain, sit in the dirt, work on the farm, blow a conch … and eat "desi" things. One gains immunity from doing these things,' he says in Hindi.
Desi is an Indian term which means local, indigenous, or pure.
The news broke as India surged past 5million confirmed cases of coronavirus, adding 97,894 cases overnight Wednesday, the country's largest single-day rise yet.
Jaunapuria is among 24 Indian MPs who have tested positive for coronavirus as the country's outbreak spirals out of control
India has also suffered more than 83,000 deaths, with 1,132 people perishing from the disease between Wednesday and Thursday.
It took India just 11 days to go from 4million cases to 5million, meaning it now has the fastest-rising coronvirus outbreak of any country in the world.
Jaunapuria is far from the only prominent politician to propose an odd cure for coronavirus.
Belarus president Alexsander Lukashenko said earlier this year that riding tractors, drinking vodka and taking saunas would prevent the disease, before testing positive.
In Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador revealed he was carrying amulets which he said protect him from disease, while Puebla Governor Luis Miguel Barbosa Huerta claimed poor people were immune to the disease.
Suman Haripriya, another Indian lawmaker from the state of Assam, touted the theory that cow urine and dung could be used to sterilise infected areas, while Yogi Adityanath, chief minister of Uttar Pradesh,