Nostradamus 'There will be a twin year' prediction: Did Nostradamus predict coronavirus?

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Nostradamus' followers credit the 16th-century writer with accurately predicting the outbreak of World War 2 and the Great Fire of London in 1666. Many have now bizarrely claimed Nostradamus knew of the pandemic nearly 500 years ago.

The coronavirus, which infected its first victim in China last November, has to date attacked more than 1.6 million people.

The virus has never been seen in humans before and many have taken it as a sign of its supposed supernatural origin.

In particular, conspiracy theorists have been sharing online in recent weeks a coronavirus prediction they have attributed to Nostradamus.

The so-called "Twin year" prophecy speaks of a plague rising in the East "to destroy and ruin" the world.

Nostradamus penned the majority of his predictions in the form of four-lined poems or quatrains.

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The bulk of his work was published in the 1555 book Les Propheties, for which he is best known.

One person said on Twitter: "Nostradamus predicted the coronavirus in 1551? 'It will be the end of the world economy as you know it'"

Another person said: "Y'all read #Nostradamus? I don't normally read old literature but yeah I guess maybe #coronavirus is something that was predicted."

A third Twitter user said: "Nostradamus, French astrologer predicted about coronavirus in early 16th century."