20 March 2020 20:33
New Delhi: Hindi film singer Kanika Kapoor Friday became the first celebrity to test positive for COVID-19 in India. Kapoor and three other persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Lucknow, taking the total number of cases in Uttar Pradesh to 19. Kapoor had returned to Lucknow from London on 15 March and shortly after noted she had signs of the flu. In an Instagram post, she said, "For the past 4 days I have had signs of flu, I got myself tested and it came positive for Covid-19. My family and I are in complete quarantine now and following medical advice on how to move forward… I was scanned at the airport as per normal procedure 10 days ago when I came back home, the symptoms have developed only 4 days ago." Kapoor also urged people to "practice self isolation and get tested if you have the signs".
During her stay in Lucknow, Kapoor attended parties and even hosted one. Kanika has attended three parties after her arrival. The celebrity singer also hosted a party for 100-200 people, which saw many officials and politicians in attendance. Also in attendance were BJP's Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Singh, who went to Parliament Thursday, and former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, Singh's mother. After Kapoor tested positive, Singh and Raje have put themselves in self-quarantine.
While her father claimed that Kapoor must have met and socialised with at least 400 people, she, however, says that she attended only one party and socialised with "about 30" people.However, information has come to light after allegations that the Bollywood singer, who was aware of the infectious outbreak, deliberately dodged procedure and checking protocol last week when she returned from London. The party was attended by the elite crowd of Lucknow, which included a senior IAS officer attached to UP Chief Ministerbesides former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her BJP MP son Dushyant Singh.Mirror tried to contact Vasundhara Raje but her office said, "Ma'am is in self quarantine." Kapoor said she experienced flu-like symptoms for four days and then got tested. "I was absolutely normal then and developed slight fever four days back only," she told Mirror.However, allegations have surfaced that Kanika Kapoor hid her travel history before attending parties. Her irresponsible behaviour has fuelled danger in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi because after her party, those with whom she socialised have interacted with hundreds of people.TMC MP Derek Obrien has reportedly said that he has sat and interacted with Dushyant Singh after the infamous Lucknow party. A senior lucknow-based IAS officer working in close proximity to UP CM Yogi Adityanath was also present at the party.
In a tweet, Vasundhara Raje said, "While in Lucknow, I attended a dinner with my son Dushyant and his in-laws. Kanika Kapoor, who has unfortunately tested positive for Covid-19 was also a guest. As a matter of abundant caution, my son and I have immediately self-quarantined and we are taking all necessary precautions." While in Lucknow, I attended a dinner with my son Dushyant & his in-laws. Kanika, who has unfortunately tested positive for #Covid19 was also a guest. He too had met Kanika Kapoor at the party in Lucknow. Kanika Kapoor, best known for her songs Baby Doll and Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan, tested positive for novel coronavirus at the King George's Medical University in Lucknow on Friday. Kanika Kapoor was in London for a while and returned to Lucknow on March 15. Upon arriving in Lucknow, Kanika attended a lavish party. ALSO READ | Coronavirus: Vasundhara Raje's son goes to Kanika Kapoor's party. ALSO READ | Baby Doll singer Kanika Kapoor tests coronavirus positive