Cornavirus in India: TMC MP Derek O’Brien, who sat next to Dushyant Singh, goes into self-isolation

The TMC MP had recently sat next to BJP MP Dushyant Singh in Parliament for two days. Singh had come in direct contact with Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, who has tested positive.

A file photo of Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien | PTI


  • TMC MP Derek O’Brien has gone into self-isolation
  • He had recently sat next to BJP MP Dushyant SIngh in Parliament
  • Singh had met a Bollywood singer who has tested positive for Covid-19

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien has gone into self-isolation after he sat next to BJP MP Dushyant Singh in during a standing committee meeting in Parliament two days ago. The BJP MP had recently met singer Kanika Kapoor who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Dushyant Singh and his mother, former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, have gone into self-quarantine after attending Kanika Kapoor’s party in Lucknow.

Kanika Kapoor has become the first Bollywood celebrity to test positive for coronavirus in the country and says she’s under complete quarantine and medical care.

There were reports that the singer landed in Lucknow from the United Kingdom and was admitted to a city hospital after she showed signs of flu.

“This Govt is putting us all at risk. The PM says self isolate yourself but the Parliament is on. I was sitting next to Dushyant the other day for 2.5 hours. There are two more MPs who are in self-isolation. The session should be deferred,” the TMC MP had said earlier when the news of Dushyant Singh broke.

Novel coronavirus or Covid-19 has claimed over 9,000 lives across the world and has affected at least 2 lakh people across the globe. As per the Ministry of Health data, India has registered 241 cases with four deaths.

On Thursday night, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested the countrymen to stay indoors as much as possible. He has also urged the nation to observe a 14-hour-long Janata Curfew between 7 am and 9 pm on Sunday, March 22.

(With inputs from PTI)

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