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Published: 2020-03-21 10:23:01 BdST
The “Baby Doll” singer tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus on Friday. Kapoor did not quarantine herself after returning from London and instead attended several parties, according to The Hindustan Times.
The police said two more cases are likely to be registered against the ‘Baby Doll’ singer for attending several parties after returning from London. She subsequently came into contact with about 400 people, including several politicians, bureaucrats and other senior officials, India’s news outlet Scroll.
Lucknow Commissioner of Police Sujeet Pandey said a first information report was lodged at Sarojini Nagar police station under several sections of the Indian Penal Code after a complaint was filed by the Chief Medical Officer of Lucknow. Pandey said two more cases are likely to be registered against the Bollywood celebrity at Hazratganj and Gomti Nagar police stations for attending three different parties in the city on different days, where she came into contact with around 350 to 400 people, including several politicians, bureaucrats and other senior officials.
An unidentified police official told The Hindustan Times that the singer has been charged for offences ranging from the disobedience of orders issued by a public servant to committing a negligent act that is likely to spread an infection or disease which is dangerous to life.
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The singer has been admitted to the King George’s Medical University Hospital in Lucknow. Kapoor claimed that she was scanned at the Lucknow airport “as per normal procedure” 10 days ago when she returned from the United Kingdom and that the symptoms developed only four days ago.
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, her son Dushyant Singh, and some other top Uttar Pradesh government officials were among the people who had met Kapoor. Raje announced on Friday evening that she and her son were quarantining themselves and taking all precautions.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Jitin Prasada and Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh, who were also present at events attended by Kapoor, have gone into self-quarantine.
Dushyant Singh was among MPs from Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan who met President Ram Nath Kovind a few days ago. He also attended a parliamentary panel meeting on transport, tourism and culture attended by around 20 MPs and the BJP’s parliamentary panel meeting during the past week. Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien, Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel and BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who all came in contact with Singh during these parliamentary events, have also announced that they are in self-isolation.
Kapoor was one of four cases reported from Uttar Pradesh on Friday. The number of cases in India rose by 63 on Friday, registering the largest single-day spike.