In an attempt to kill time, bored truck drivers decided to indulge in a game of cards with friends and neighbours which led to the coronavirus infection in 24 people in one locality of Vijayawada city in Andhra Pradesh, Krishna district Collector A Md Imtiaz said in Amaravati. 

A social grouping for whiling away time by another truck driver resulted in the virus affliction to about 15 people in another locality in Vijayawada. These two instances accounted for about 40 cases in the city in the last couple of days, he said.

Truck drivers walk out of a Commercial Taxes Department check post.Representative image.  REUTERS/Sivaram V

Vijayawada one of the major hotspots 

The truck driver in Krishna Lanka locality was bored and played cards with his friends and neighbours while the women grouped up and played tombola. All this resulted in the spread of the dreaded virus in 24 people, he said. "The same thing happened in Karmika Nagar. The truck driver moved around socialising and in the process, about 15 people got afflicted," Imtiaz added.

Failure to maintain physical distance was the sole cause for the transmission of the coronavirus in these cases, he said in a recorded video message. Vijayawada is one of the major hotspots of coronavirus in the state where over 100 cases have been registered so far.

In the last 24 hours alone 25 fresh cases were reported in the city, which is part of the state capital Amaravati. The Collector appealed to people to strictly maintain physical distance to avoid the infection.