Bengaluru: A "kissing contest" was organised in China amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and netizens are attacking the event organisers.

According to 7news website, the "kissing contest" was held in East China's Jiangsu province. This was in celebration of the reopening of a furniture factory in Suzhou city.

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The Yueya factory invited 10 couples including those who were married to kiss. However, it was a fun event as the couples, wearing boiler suits, were kissing separated by a plexiglass to avoid the exchange of saliva during these tough times of health crisis.

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The video of the event has gone viral with views of over 10 million in 48 hours, according to the Australian website.

Factory owner Ma told local media, “Some of the participants were actually married couples who both work in the factory. This pandemic has made everyone very tense. They haven’t been able to relax, and that might cause mistakes in the production process.

“That’s why I arranged the kissing contest to make everyone happy. To avoid any accidents, we put a piece of plexiglass between everyone and disinfected it with alcohol several times.”

Images of couples kissing were shared by a Twitter user. “#China A furniture factory in Suzhou, Jiangsu had a "Kissing Contest" to celebrate the factory resuming work. The organisers said this event can help the factory workers relax & there's a transparent glass between the kissers. Allegedly some of the participants are not couples (sic),” the user wrote.

Some of them reacted strongly, calling it “senseless”, “bizarre” and “nonsense”. A user called it “stupidest” way to celebrate.