Kanika Kapoor the singer of popular numbers like “ Baby Doll” “ Chittiyan Kalaayian “ and many others recently tested positive for Coronavirus . Kanika, in an interview after being diagnosed with the dreaded virus said that she was a single mother and had recently returned from London after meeting her children, who study there.
According to reports Kanika returned from London on 9th March and soon after started noticing flu like symptoms. In her instagram post she mentioned that 4 days back she noticed flu symptoms and got herself tested, upon confirmation of COVID-19 she and her family members went into complete quarantine immediately thereafter.
There were 3 other persons who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Lucknow which makes the total number of cases in Uttar Pradesh add up to 19.
There was a lot of negativity and anger around this news since it was rumoured that she hid her travel history and even hid in the bathroom of the airport along with the help of ground personnel to avoid the health checks that were going on and exited without those. The singer has refuted these reports and said she along with the other passengers underwent the routine tests and filled up forms as per the routine procedures but she was not asked by the authorities to self-isolate. She flew in to Mumbai from London and then went on to Lucknow where she attended a high profile party. The attendees of the party comprised politicians amongst other well-known personalities. Those who came in contact with her in the party were BJP’s Vasundhara Raje and her son, MP Dushyant Singh, Uttar Pradesh’s Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh and Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh amongst others.
All the above mentioned names have claimed on their social media accounts or otherwise too that they have taken adequate precautions and gone into self – isolation and quarantined themselves to avoid further spread of this virus.
The President has as a responsible and precautionary measure cancelled all his appointments because he had met an MP who has attended the same party with Kanika Kapoor and may have been exposed to the infection.
After the party in which Kanika Kapoor was present, Dushyant Singh met the President and attended Parliament. DerekO’Brien, Trinamool Congress member was seated next to him and has mentioned that he too has self-isolated himself.
Considering her irresponsible act of attending parties and public gatherings despite her illness and risking peoples’ health an F.I.R will be lodged against her by the U.P Police, for negligence. This will be lodged under Section 269 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Conflicting reports are emerging about how many parties and public gatherings Kanika attended after her return. As per the information received from her father she attended 3 parties while Kanika confirmed attending only one small get together where she says she had been wearing gloves all the time.
As a precautionary measure restaurants, cinema halls, parlours were shut down in Lucknow excepting essential services and stores like medical, gas agencies, pharmacists and hospitals.
With this diagnosis, Kanika Kapoor becomes the first COVID – 19 positive Bollywood Celebrity!