[CBC뉴스] 이집트의 슈퍼히어로의 한 팬은 2020년이 코로나 바이러스 대유행으로부터 그것을 구하고 이 휴가 시즌에 환호성을 퍼뜨리기 위해 산타 클로스가 아니라 배트맨이 필요하다고 말한다.
28세의 바셈 라오프는 보통 그의 맞춤형 배트모빌을 타고 카이로 근처를 운전하며 지나가는 사람들에게 손을 흔들고 동료 팬들과 사진을 찍는다.
A fan of the fictional comic book superhero says the year 2020 needs Batman, not Santa Claus to save it from the coronavirus pandemic and spread cheer this holiday season.
Bassem Raaouf, 28, usually drives around his Cairo neighbourhood in his custom-designed Batmobile, waving to passers-by and taking pictures with fellow fans.
But this Christmas, with the coronavirus pandemic limiting traditional celebrations, Raaouf has been handing out face masks to residents he finds along his usual route.
In countries around the world, a spike of cases during the second wave has shut down the usual shops and holiday markets, and forced millions to stay home instead.
"We need this character in the streets to spread awareness, gift-giving this year should be masks and other materials with the aim of raising awareness," Raaouf said.
Like many superfans around the world, Raaouf had always dreamt of having his own Batmobile to drive around town, and says he often stops to allow others to take pictures of him and his customised vehicle.
As of Saturday (December 19), global coronavirus cases reached 75.06 million, with a death toll at 1,679,707 while a vaccine is being distributed in countries such as the U.K. and U.S.
Egypt has so far recorded 124,891 cases since the start of the pandemic last March, with 7069 deaths.
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