Countries threaten jail for April Fools’ Day jokes about coronavirus

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LONDON – From Thailand to India, countries have told people not to make April Fools’ Day pranks related to coronavirus, with some threatening jail time as they seek to prevent the spread of rumors which could put lives at risk. Tech giant Google, which is famous for its annual spoofs, has canceled the tradition because of the pandemic which has killed about 40,000 people worldwide. Thailand said on Tuesday that April Fool’s Day jokes about the virus could be punished under a law carrying a sentence of up to five years in prison. “It’s against the law to fake having COVID-19 this April Fools’ Day,” the government said on Twitter.