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New Delhi: With most of the world quarantined and practising social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic that has affected more than 190 countries across the world, singer Neil Diamond took to Twitter Sunday to send a message to people and cheer them up.

In a video, starring his pet dog, the American singer-songwriter and actor, who has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, said though times were tough with people practising social distancing and being quarantined, if everyone sang together, they might feel better.

Diamond then began strumming his guitar and improvised the lyrics of his popular song Sweet Caroline (1969), by singing “Hands, washing hands. Reaching out. Don’t touch me and I won’t touch you.”

The original lyrics of the song are: “Hands, touching hands. Reaching out, touching me, touching you.”

Posted Sunday, the video has got nearly 5 million views on the microblogging site. While many thanked Diamond for the message, some even suggested an entire rewrite of the song, titled Sweet Quarantine.

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Coronavirus pandemic

The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, which first originated in China’s Wuhan city in December 2019, has now spread to more than 190 countries across the world and infected more than 3.9 lakh people, reporting over 17,000 deaths worldwide.

In India, the total number of coronavirus cases has crossed 450, with 10 deaths having been reported so far. With the number of cases doubling in the last three days, states across the country have gone into lockdown, with people self-isolating and practising social distancing.

Also read: Italy doctors’ plea to world: Treat more COVID-19 patients from home to contain virus spread


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