Improper social distancing causes spread of coronavirus, says Sharad Pawar

Improper social distancing causes spread of coronavirus, says Sharad Pawar

Coronavirus infection spreads when social distancing is not observed properly, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said on Tuesday following reports that relative of a sanitation worker, who is a resident of the President's Estate that houses Rashtrapati Bhavan, tested positive for the infection.

Pawar also said though the coronavirus situation in Maharashtra is better when compared with Western countries, it is "worrying" vis-a-vis the rest of India.

Maharashtra has reported 4666 COVID-19 cases, the highest in the country, till 20 April. Noting that Maharashtra has reported 223 deaths (out of 590 in the country) till Monday, the former Union minister said the number (relating to the state) is "shocking" and that people must think about containing the spread.

He said cities like Mumbai, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, and Pune were mainly hit by the COVID-19 disease and called for observing "stricter" discipline amidst the lockdown.