US magazine, French channel BFMTV praises Vietnam song on COVID-19 fight guidance

Update: 15:39 | 05/03/2020
US magazine Billboard and French channel BFMTV has heaped praises on a Vietnamese song guiding the prevention of the novel coronavirus in their recent article and TV show.
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A screenshot in the animated video of "Ghen Co Vy" on Billboard magazine. (Photo: Billboard)

US magazine Billboard has heaped praises on a Vietnamese song guiding the prevention of the novel coronavirus in a recent article, calling it an “insanely catchy” tune.

“Ghen Co Vy,” based on the melody of the V-pop hit “Ghen (Jealous),” is a work by composer Khac Hung, in collaboration with the National Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health.

It’s performed by the tune’s original singers Erik and Min.

“As the coronavirus continues to spread, governments are taking actions in an attempt to keep their countries’ residents safe. Vietnam in particular seems to have nailed the awareness strategy by releasing a wildly catchy public service announcement (PSA) promoting preventative measures such as hand-washing and sanitation, as highlighted on the latest episode of HBO's Last Week Tonight with John Oliver,” wrote the article.

The infectious track got so much attention it sparked a trending dance called the #ghencovychallenge on TikTok, choreographed by popular dancer Quang Dang, it continued.

Since his post, hundreds of others have put their own spin on the dance, which includes swagged-out movements mimicking hand-scrubbing.

Upon listening to the song, the French presenters appear enthusiastic and comment cheerfully on how effective the hit can be in helping to prevent the spread of the epidemic in Vietnam.

Parts of the song’s animated music video, which depicts funny images of the virus with people wearing masks and washing their hands, were shown during the episode on the French network.

In total, Vietnam has recorded 16 cases of the COVID-19 infection, all of whom have gone on to make a full recovery.

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