NEW DELHI :
Amid concerns of having been infected with the novel coronavirus infection, officials of the aviation ministry went on self-quarantine for 14 days after coming in contact with Bharatiya Janata Party’s member of Parliament Dushyant Singh during a Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting.
Singh and his mother and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje themselves are on a two-week self-quarantine after meeting Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor at a party in Lucknow. Kapoor on Friday confirmed that she had contracted the infection, officially called COVID-19.
“Officers of the Ministry of Civil Aviation who attended the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting on 18/3/20 and came in close proximity with referred Hon’ble Member of Parliament have gone into self quarantine from Friday evening as a precautionary measure," the aviation ministry tweeted late Friday.
Earlier in the day, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien had also tweeted that he would go on a two week self-quarantine after sitting next to Singh during the meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport, Culture and Tourism on Wednesday.
“Am on self-isolation and following all protocol, as I was sitting right next to MP Dushyant for two hours at a Parliament meeting on March 18," O’Brien tweeted.
Apart from O’Brien, the T. G. Venkatesh-chaired committee consists of BJP’s Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Congress’ Raj Babbar and Anto Antony, as well as independent MP Sumalatha Ambareesh, according to PRS Legislative Research.
Since the Coronavirus outbreak started, 241 cases have been confirmed in the country, out of which 23 have recovered while four have recovered.