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Palestinian Baker Goes Viral After Inventing 'Corona Cake' Design

Palestinian Baker Goes Viral After Inventing 'Corona Cake' Design

Friday, 3 April, 2020 - 11:15
Palestinian baker Eyad Abu Rezqa says he wants to raise awareness - and spirits - with his 'corona cake'. AFP
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As the world tries to raise awareness everyday over the risks of coronavirus, Palestinian baker Eyad Abu Rezqa had his own plans to convince people to stay at home.


Abu Rezqa, who is also head of the Al-Nada bakery in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, has created a 'corona cake' depicting a woman wearing a blue face mask aiming to remind people of the importance of social distancing.


First, he posted the design on social media and now dozens of people are ordering them each day.


Abu Rezqa stressed he was not belittling the risk of the deadly disease which has killed more than 50,000 people but trying to keep spirits up while promoting awareness.


"Straight away it got great interest, customers starting saying 'I want that cake'," Abu Rezqa told AFP.


"Every day our clients' demand for the mask cake is increasing."


The staff making the cakes are wearing protective clothing, he pointed out.


So far Gaza has 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19, all of whom are in isolation, according to health authorities.


Like other countries around the world, authorities have put in place strict social distancing rules to try to prevent contagion but have not yet closed all non-essential businesses.


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