Kerala with 109 cases, has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

With social distancing being the mantra to keep coronavirus at bay, a provision store in Kerala has devised an innovative way to keep customers literally at an arms length, while serving them.

In an image, which has gone viral on social media, a shopkeeper is seen providing provisions to a woman though a pvc pipe strapped to his table. The photograph has also been tweeted by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor with the caption, “How to maintain physical distance between shopkeeper and customer while buying essential supplies. The Kerala way”.

As part of the social distancing measure, tipplers in the state too were seen standing in queues at least one metre apart in front of the state-run retail outlets to purchase liquor.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the number of positive cases hit 562 and the death toll hit 10 as of March 25.

Kerala with 109 cases, has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases, including eight foreign nationals, followed by Maharashtra which recorded 101, including three foreigners, according to the ministry data.

(With inputs from agencies)