Dismayed and disheartened, former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar on Tuesday felt Pakistan is not taking the coronavirus outbreak seriously.

“I went outside for some really important work today. I did not shake hands with anyone or hugged anyone. The windows of my car were closed the entire time and I came back home as soon as possible. But I noticed a very worrying trend outside.

I saw four guys traveling on one bike, they were going for a picnic. People are having food together outside, traveling to other places. Why are restaurants still open, why are we not closing them,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his YouTube channel.

“In India, people have embraced a curfew. But here in Pakistan, we can’t stop travelling. 90 per cent of cases are due to human contact but we are not ready to stay at home. What are we doing? This is dangerous, it’s like playing with the lives of people,” he added.

He also urged citizens to adhere to the guidelines and rules imposed by the authorities in order to stop the spread of novel coronavirus as he called on PM Imran Khan to impose lockdown.

“We are failing to understand that this (coronavirus) is a huge threat. Don’t believe in myths that this virus will not spread in the summer or not infect young people. People are roaming around freely, what is the need to go outside,” said Akhtar.

“I request Pakistan government to take strong action and impose a lockdown. Please lockdown the cities. Italy made a huge mistake by not imposing lockdown early. People are dying there every day.