New Delhi: Talk about panicking as the fear over coronavirus becomes all-pervasive, a man riding a motorbike in Kolhapur city of Maharashtra was on Thursday thrashed for allegedly sneezing in public. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to World Leaders, Discusses Ways to Curb COVID-20 Pandemic

A CCTV footage of the incident that went viral across social media platforms showed a a bike-rider stopping and asking another rider on the road who was not wearing a mask why he sneezed without covering his face with a handkerchief as it could cause the spread of the coronavirus. Also Read - Anand Mahindra Confesses he Wears Lungi During Work From Home Video Call Meetings, Fans Are Fascinated

They entered a heated argument over the same, and the unmasked rider who sneezed was beaten up by the other rider. The incident caused a brief traffic jam in Gujari area, but it was not reported to the police. Also Read - Lockdown: IRCTC Suspends Bookings For Its 3 Trains Till April 30, Passengers to Get Full Refund

The global pandemic has affected more than 200,000 people worldwide. Meanwhile India has reported 173 positive cases of the contagious infection, with the highest count in Maharashtra with at least 49 cases.

According to the World Health Organisation, the virus can spread through spitting, sneezing or coughing or physical contact with an infected person.