Sankhalim: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday claimed that the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state was a result of citizens not wearing mask and disobeying social distancing norms during recently held Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
Sawant was addressing the people after flagging off Arogya Express Vans at his assembly constituency of Sankhalim. The vans will provide healthcare at the door steps of the citizens.
“We have noticed that the number of COVID-19 cases have increased after Ganesh Chaturthi festival. The cases were hovering around 150 before the festival, but now they are on rise,” the chief minister said.
He said that the rise in the number of cases is due to people not wearing masks and disobeying social distancing norms during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. “We need to stay away from the virus. For that, we need to maintain social distancing,” Sawant said.
The Chief Minister said that he is also trying to keep a distance with the people with whom he is meeting during day to day work.
“You will find that my guards are asking people to keep safe distance from me. Many people feel offended for that. But we have to know that they are doing it to keep me safe,” he said.
“If someone comes near me and sneezes, he can transmit the virus to me. If I get the virus, the affairs of the state would be affected,” he said.