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Singer’s COVID-19 status has politicians worried

Leaders who attended events with Kanika also met President

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor’s announcement on Friday that she had tested positive for COVID-19 triggered a scare among several top politicians who had attended a series of events with her in Lucknow recently as well as those who were in contact with them. Many have since announced that they were going into quarantine.

Following Ms. Kapoor’s revelation on her Instagram page, BJP leader and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje stated that she, along with her son and MP Dushyant Singh had attended a dinner where Ms. Kapoor was present, and as a matter of “abundant self-caution” were immediately adopting self-quarantine.

Mr. Singh was among many MPs who attended a breakfast meeting hosted by President Ram Nath Kovind on March 18 as well as a parliamentary panel meeting on transport, tourism and culture, attended by around 20 MPs later in the day. According to sources, after attending the party in Lucknow along with Ms. Kapoor, Mr. Singh also attended an industrialist and former MP’s birthday party and one more party.

Protocols to be followed

While Rashtrapati Bhavan is yet to issue any statement on the issue, it is learnt that Mr. Kovind would follow all protocols prescribed by the Health Ministry.

The Uttar Pradesh government has not revealed the names of politicians, bureaucrats and socialites who allegedly attended the event.

Late on Friday, the U.P. government said officials have been instructed to identify the persons present in the three functions attended by Ms. Kapoor, keep them under isolation, and carry out medical tests.

With Ms. Kapoor’s announcement, Lucknow recorded four new positive cases on Friday, taking the total cases in the capital to 8 and 23 in the State.

U.P. Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh, who was among those at the dinner party, also went into self-isolation, sources said.

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