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Coronavirus outbreak: Ashwin speaks on why ‘social distancing’ is not happening in Chennai

According to Ravichandran Ashwin, 'social distancing' is not happening in Chennai despite the threat of coronavirus (COVID-19). He gives the reason for it

Coronavirus outbreak R Ashwin explains no social distancing Chennai
Chennai, First Published Mar 16, 2020, 12:08 PM IST
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Chennai: With the threat of coronavirus affecting people across the globe and resulting in cancellation of many sports events, India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has given his views on the spread of the virus in the country.

Due to coronavirus, most of the states in India have taken measures where large gatherings have been banned, schools and colleges shut. And, even mall have been closed down due to the spread of virus (COVID-19).

Also read: Virat Kohli's message on coronavirus

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) too has acted. It cancelled the India-South Africa ODI series, postponed IPL 2020 and also put on hold all domestic matches including the Irani Cup.

Ashwin, who is away from cricket action, took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to explain why his hometown Chennai has not taken to “social distancing” amid coronavirus threat.

“Let me rephrase it, social distancing doesn’t seem to have caught the attention of the people in Chennai yet. The only reason could be their belief in the summer to curtail it or just faith that nothing will happen. #Coronaindia,” Ashwin tweeted on Sunday night (March 15).

Ashwin, who had captained Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the last two seasons of IPL, has now moved to Delhi Capitals (DC). He was traded by KXIP.

In Chennai, IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) cancelled their ongoing preparatory camp. CSK captain MS Dhoni left for Ranchi from Chennai. He was part of the camp.

The 13th edition of IPL could start after April 15. However, it is still not clear whether all 60 matches will be played or it would be a shortened one. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly hinted at the league being a truncated one this year as 15 days were already lost. The Indian cricket board has said that the safety of players and fans is important.

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