Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani is the First High-Profile Minister to Go into Self-Isolation Over Covid-19


Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani is the First High-Profile Minister to Go into Self-Isolation Over Covid-19

Illustration: Robin Chakraborty

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has become the first high-profile minister in India to go into self isolation after an MLA he met tested positive for coronavirus.

Imran Khedawala, a Congress MLA from Jamalpur met Vijay Rupani at the CM’s official residence in Gandhinagar after having undergone a test in the morning. The results came out in the evening.

The CM’s office blamed Khedawala, stating, “He should have avoided meeting others until the reports came. By not doing so, he committed a mistake.” The release mentioned that Khedawala was sitting 15-20 feet away from Rupani. Khedawala met to appeal to the CM to increase testing in the Walled City area since it is densely populated.

Vijay Rupani will “work from home” for the next seven days. No one will be allowed to enter the CM’s residence and all official meetings will be conducted through video conferencing. He has undergone health checkup and doctors have reported his parameters to be normal.

Administrators around the world have been at grave risk ever since the coronavirus pandemic has broken out, as they’ve been out meeting patients, going to hospitals and quarantine facilities to check if things are in order.

The coronavirus set panic inside the Iranian parliament earlier in March, with eight percent (23 out of 290 members) of the parliament testing positive for coronavirus, including Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar and two senior ministers.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Minister Matt Hancock were also under self isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. Boris Johnson had to be placed under intensive care for a few days, before recovering. “I shook hands with everybody,” Boris Johnson had said earlier, claiming that the virus won’t stop him from greeting patients.

Prince Charles had also tested positive for coronavirus with mild symptoms. How he got infected though, remained uncertain. A spokesperson said, “It is not possible to ascertain from whom the Prince caught the virus owing to the high number of engagements he carried out in his public role during recent weeks.”

Israeli Health Minister Yaakov Litzman who had claimed covid-19 is “divine punishment” for homosexuality, and then violated the lockdown, has also tested positive for coronavirus.

Administrators are one of the most vulnerable groups of people during these testing times, as they’re out there meeting people and coordinating efforts for the rest of us. Perhaps it’s time to wear a mask at all times and ditch the handshake for the polite namaste.