The coronavirus outbreak has forced people all over the world to remain indoors as the disease is contagious in nature and in order to break the chain of this virus, the best option is to stay at home. Till now, more than 4.68 lakh people have been found infected with it while over 21K have lost their lives because of this lethal disease.
If we talk about India, there are around 650 people who have been found infected while at the moment, 13 people have lost their lives. The whole nation is under complete lockdown till April 15 as the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated that the best way to stop the transmission of virus is to stay at home. Earlier, PM Modi also emphasized on practicing social distancing because an infected person can easily pass on the infection to other people who are near him as it is contagious.
While the citizens have been asked to consider this lockdown as curfew, the Prime Minister and the chief ministers of various states have assured their people that there will be no dearth of essential commodities and they will be available in ample quantity. However, the leaders have also requested the citizens not to start hoarding commodities as it may result in creating a state of panic and unrest. While some states have ensured that essential commodities are home delivered to the citizens, several states have fixed the timings and duration for the ration shops, groceries shop and medical shops to open.
The customers and shopkeepers should ensure that there must be required distance between them to avoid any chance of catching infection but one Kerala shopkeeper has come up with an interesting and innovative idea which has served both the purposes – customer gets the commodity while standing at the required distance from the shopkeeper.
Shashi Tharoor took to the micro-blogging site Twitter and talked about this shopkeeper who has installed a pipe through which he passes on the commodity to customers.
The Congress MP posted the pic of the shopkeeper providing commodity to his customer with caption, “How to maintain physical distance between shopkeeper & customer while buying essential supplies — the Kerala way! #COVID19India”.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 25, 2020
Till the time article was written, the tweet by the Congress leader garnered more than 18K likes while over 2.8K people retweeted it. Twitter loved this idea and netizens shared more ways to maintain social distancing while at the same time appreciating the method of the Kerala shopkeeper.
Here are some of the selected reactions:
At local market pic.twitter.com/nL8dm4CWqF
— RK (@RK_Insight) March 25, 2020
Mundra Kutchh ,Gujarat pic.twitter.com/mwBn3JYF1j
— अधिवक्ता सी.एल.अरुण (@Arun_Navodaya) March 25, 2020
Wow,Such a innovative brainy man..Quite contrast to some elected member of Parliament who call themselves master of tongue twister words from gora dictionary
— jspandey ஜே.எஸ்.பாண்டே जे.एस.पाण्डेय (@jspandey_) March 25, 2020
Wow social distancing is at peak
— Johnathan (@iamjohnathan071) March 25, 2020
India's Creativity level at its best !
— Yash Patel (@yashpatel_99) March 25, 2020
In many aspects locals are very precautive and doing well in maintaining precautions against covid-19 pandemic,but same way educated ppl forgetting their commonsense.and flying when they are in quarantined and moving in crowd..👏👏
— Saikiran (@saikiranvangala) March 25, 2020
Great !! We all need to think innovative way to ensure social distancing and at the same time keeping the show on !!
— Rajeev Sinha (@Rajeev_SinhaRS) March 25, 2020
Great Indian Jugaad
— Sumedh Gadgil (@GadgilSumedh) March 25, 2020
Ingenious way to combat the virus.😀Necessity is the mother of invention. #CombatCoronavirus
— Aren (@Aren_jamir14) March 25, 2020
— Divyanshu Sharma (@divyanshu93) March 25, 2020
Hard times…harsh times…are when humans get innovative…at a pace beyond even human reasoning! It's like…seeing a puddle of dirty water & the legs just defy gravity & leap over!
— Darayas Rustom Irani (@IraniDarayas) March 25, 2020
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