Coronavirus conspiracy theory as villain in 2017 comic book named after disease

A character in a popular comic book was named after the coronavirus – three years before the deadly Wuhan outbreak.

In Asterix and the Chariot Race, published in 2017, a masked villain taking part in the event was mysteriously named after the virus.

The original comic was set in ancient Italy and released two years before the first cases of the disease were reported in the city of Wuhan, China, in December.

It features Asterix and his sidekick Obelix participate in a chariot race organised by Julius Caesar.

The pair have to contend with the villain Coronavirus and his sidekick Bacillus.

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Weirdly, bacillus is a form of bacteria, which can often be found in water and soil.

The villainous chariot racer eventually fails to win the event and Asterix and Obelix take the golden crown.

Eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists spotted the strange coincidence and shared it online with friends.

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Sharing it to WhatsApp an unidentified user sent an image of the comic branding it "too good not to share."

The user said: "What was the name of the Roman charioteer in Asterix and the chariot race?

"Interestingly, it was Coronavirus, and he also wore a mask.

"I thought this was too good not to share."

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Conspiracy theorists also honed into the Simpsons which seemingly predicted the Coronavirus outbreak in an episode that aired 27-years-ago.

Viewers drew similarities to the 1993 episode which was created by Matt Groening to the modern outbreak of the killer virus.

In the episode, the residents of Springfield were eager to get their hands on the latest line of blenders as juicing suddenly became a popular trend.

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