CELEBRITY NEWS: The ‘Baby Doll’ singer Kanika Kapoor on Friday, 20 March, confirmed testing positive for the coronavirus after returning from the United Kingdom on 9 March. According to Uttar Pradesh’s State Health Department, at least 266 people have been in close proximity to the ‘Baby Doll’ singer, and the process of tracing her contacts has been completed.
The Mumbai singer traveled to Lucknow to meet family on 11 March, had stayed at the Taj Hotel and attended at least three parties, including one attended by top bureaucrats such as National Vice President of the BJP, Vasundhara Raje, her son and MP Dushyant Singh and Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh.
However, she has claimed that she went through screening procedures at the airport on arrival in India and initially the singer defended herself by saying that she exhibited no known symptoms of COVID-19 at the time. Kanika has been booked for negligence by the Lucknow police and a criminal complaint has been filed against her before a Bihar court accusing her of neglecting and disobeying an order issued by a public servant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. She is currently under quarantine at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences.
Sixty samples of people that came into contact with Kapoor have tested negative, reports The Indian Express. An official confirmed the news on Sunday, 22 March, saying that more samples would be taken should any other contacts show symptoms of COVID-19.
According to reports, Kapoor isn’t happy with her hospital room in the isolation ward. She claims that the food served to her is unhygienic and the room is infested with mosquitoes and is unclean. The hospital authorities have hit back and chided her for throwing ‘tantrums’. “Kanika Kapoor has been provided the best that is possible in a hospital. She must cooperate as a patient and not throw tantrums of a star. She is being provided a Gluten-Free Diet from Hospital Kitchen. She has to cooperate with us,” Dr RK Dhiman, Director, Sanjay Gandhi PGIMS, Lucknow said.