• John Daly filmed a video for the Trump Organisation in which he said a bottle of vodka a day can cure the coronavirus.
  • John Daly now says he was joking.
  • "[It's a] shame we can't have any humour in this country or this world anymore, you know, without somebody busting your you-know-what," he told Golf.com.
  • Vodka cannot cure the coronavirus.
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The American golfer John Daly has walked back his suggestion that a bottle of vodka a day can keep the coronavirus at bay, telling Golf.com it's a "shame we can't have any humour anymore."

In a YouTube video shared last week by the Trump Organisation, titled "A Message From John Daly | Trump Golf," the 54-year-old offered his method for curing Covid-19 - Belvedere vodka and a McDonald's diet coke.

"Hopefully we'll get over this thing pretty soon and we'll get out there and play a lot more golf," Daly said in the Trump video. "Everybody [can] go back to work.

"But I kind of got a cure for this, ya know. I only drink one drink a day … it just happens to be a bottle of the good ol' Belvedere and you just drink one of these a day, you know … sippy sippy on McDonald's Diet Coke, wash it down pretty good and never have a hangover.

"And that's the way you kill this coronavirus, I believe," Daly said.

Daly's suggestion goes against advice from the World Health Organisation, which said in a statement that alcohol is harmful to health in general.

It added that in times of lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic, consumption "can exacerbate health vulnerability, risk-taking behaviours, mental health issues, and violence.

"Alcohol does not protect [people] from Covid-19."

Daly recently clarified that he was only joking

Speaking to Golf.com, Daly said he filmed the video "for fun."

The two-time former major winner said: "[It's a] shame we can't have any humour in this country or this world anymore, you know, without somebody busting your you-know-what.

"I didn't mean to hurt anybody's feelings. Hell, I was just doing it for fun, just try to get some laughs in the tough times we're going through.

"We all need some [fun] right now, we all need a sense of humour right now. We pray for the people who have fallen and pray for this virus to get over. I didn't mean any harm by it."

There has been 1,158,041 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US as of Monday morning, with 67,682 deaths linked to the virus.

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