9:29pm PT by Alexandra Del Rosario
'SNL': Coronavirus Gets Soap Opera Treatment in Non-Contact Skit
NBC's Saturday Night Live continued its coronavirus-centered skits with a new one focused on no-contact practices.
The outbreak, which has caused the cancellation of SXSW and the delay of the release of No Time to Die, gets the spotlight in the soap opera spoof The Sands of Modesto. The newest addition to the sketches covering the illness sees Kate McKinnon's character greet her daughter and lover with gestures that keep the risk of contracting the virus low.
She greets her daughter, played by Chloe Fineman, with a no-contact hug and kisses her former lover, played by host Daniel Craig, through a pane of glass.
The sketch also shows points of contact replaced by stock video of a handshake between two individuals. After sharing a kiss through the glass, the two get frisky but, of course, they need protection before they do.
Before Craig mounted McKinnon, he pulled a sheet of Saran Wrap over her. However, the two were interrupted when Cecily Strong's character picked a fight with McKinnon's.
Instead of a full on catfight, the sketch saw two Barbies fighting each other.
The coronavirus outbreak, which first started in Wuhan, China, hails from the same viral classification as SARS and MERS. It has brought about deaths in multiple countries including China, Italy and the U.S.
On Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency over the viral outbreak. The announcement comes after California Gov. Gavin Newsom also declared a state of emergency.