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Footage posted to Twitter by Jennifer Zeng shows how the huge balls of ice are shaped startlingly similar to the cells of coronavirus.

The rare summer hailstorm hit the city last Thursday during the annual Dragon Boat Festival.

The huge lumps of ice hit Beijing in the middle of summer just days before China put 400,000 people under quarantine in a fresh coronavirus lockdown near the capital

The hailstones seemed to be shaped like coronavirus cells

The strange shape is actually not unusual in hailstones from a storm of magnitude

The storm hit days before China enforced a new coronavirus lockdown

And in Jennifer’s clip, at least one of the stones also as the similar spikes.

A freak hailstorm has pummelled China’s capital city of Beijing with hail bearing a distinct similarity to the shape of the coronavirus cells.

Twitter user @shirleyzeyu also shared images of people holding the corona-like hail in their hands.

The particles of coronavirus in humans typically have big crown-like spikes, which gives it the name “corona”.

Hundreds of people also shared their thoughts, with some bizarrely claiming it was a sign from God.

“People are scared, because they say the hail looks like Coronavirus,” she wrote.

The hailstones were roughly the size of ping pong balls and reportedly affected more than 30,000 people and destroyed 1,200 acres of crops.

“God is punishing China,” one wrote, referencing the general belief among experts that coronavirus originated from a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

It is not the first time coronavirus-shaped hailstones caused panic among locals recently.

China’s capital is already back in lockdown after a flurry of new Covid-19 cases earlier this month.

The storm came just days before China reimposed a coronavirus lockdown on almost half a million people in Anxin county, which sits just 80 miles away from Beijing.

Huge lumps of ice were seen smashing into Mexico in what some described as a message from God to stay at home.

But the coronavirus-like shapes of hail are not actually unusual in storms of magnitude.

Jose Miguel Vinas, a meteorologist and consultant of the World Meteorologist Organisation (WMO), previously explained: “Inside a storm, a hailstone will start off as a small spherical form and accumulate layers of ice on top.

“During very strong storms when the hailstone are already quite big and smash together, many of them fuse together, smashing together and squashing each other, forming spikes of ice.

The hailstones seemed to be shaped like coronavirus cells

The strange shape is actually not unusual in hailstones from a storm of magnitude

The storm hit days before China enforced a new coronavirus lockdown

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