Uttar Pradesh health minister Jai Pratap Singh, who self-isolated for fear of infection with the coronavirus novel after attending a birthday party on Sunday in Lucknow, told NDTV today that efforts have been made to identify those who had been in contact with singer Kanika Kapoor.
Ms. Kapoor, who confirmed today that she was infected, was at the party. The same goes for a number of other leaders, including BJP deputy Dushyant Singh and his mother, former Rajasthani prime minister Vasundhara Raje. Since then Dushyant Singh has attended parliament and even met President Ram Nath Kovind, sparking fears of a high-profile trail of infection.
“The gathering – a birthday party – was in the garden of a private residence on March 14. My family and I, along with other prominent families from Lucknow and some people from Delhi, attended. I stayed there for about a now and I’m gone “Mr. Singh told NDTV on Friday evening.
Questions were raised about the presence of several high-profile political leaders in this party, particularly at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to stay home to block the transmission of the virus.
Medical experts have advised to practice social removal – or to keep a safe distance (at least 1 meter) from other people – to minimize the possibility of contact.
The UP Health Minister was also asked about his government’s efforts to warn people against meetings in the state. Concerns have been raised that Ram Navami’s celebrations will begin in Ayodhya next week, with tens of thousands of people expected to attend the final two days of the festival.
“In UP, officials talked to religious leaders asking them to advise against large gatherings. We can’t stop a festival but we’ve asked people not to participate in large numbers,” he said, adding that crowds at political rallies in the state were been discouraged.
Today, a member of the organizing committee told NDTV that the “Ram Kot Parikrama” event marking the start of the celebrations would be canceled.
Likewise, questions were also raised about Ms. Kapoor who claimed to have sought medical care after falling ill on her return from London, but the authorities had not responded.
“Something went wrong somewhere …” Singh said when asked not to get help from Kanika Kapoor, adding: “In a situation like this we do contact tracking to identify all the people with whom it is been in touch. In this case, everyone at the party was told to self-quarantine. “
Meanwhile, three BJP MLAs, including BJP Secretary General Uttar Pradesh, Pankaj Singh, have also gone into isolation after meeting Jai Pratap Singh in Greater Noida on Thursday.
The COVID-19 epidemic, believed to have started in the Chinese district of Wuhan in December last year, has infected over 220 people in India and has been linked to the death of at least four people. Worldwide, this contagious disease has killed over 8,000 and infected more than 2 lakhs.