One of the organizers of the anti-CAA protests at Jahangirpuri in Delhi has tested positive for the Wuhan Coronavirus after his sister tested positive for the same on Thursday. His sister had arrived from Saudi Arabia on the 11th of March and he had met her two days later. The person is admitted to the Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi while his sister is undergoing treatment at Safdarjung Hospital.
The protester had visited the protest site at Jahangirpuri after meeting his sister on the 13th. “I did not show any symptoms of the disease at the time, so I went about life as usual,” he had told The Print after he had begun showing symptoms of the highly contagious disease.
Meanwhile, the anti-CAA protesters at Shaheen Bagh have decided to continue their protests despite the extreme health risks associated with it. Some minor modifications have been added, however, they are unlikely to inhibit the spread of the infection in any manner. Women above the age of 70 years had been barred from participating in the protests. Similar restrictions had been placed on children below the age of 10 years. Such measures are unlikely to help as those participating in the protests will carry the virus with them to their homes where the elderly and the children will be exposed to the virus.
The protesters have decided to disregard the Prime Minister’s call for “Janata Curfew” as well. They also emphasized that they wash their hands daily. In a viral video, one of the Shaheen Bagh protestors could be heard arguing how coronavirus can also happen to those who travel in the metro but no one is asking them to stop. However, everyone wants Shaheen Bagh protests to end. They believe that coronavirus is a ploy by Home Minister Amit Shah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to get them to end the protests.
In another video, however, one of the protesters could be heard dismissing the looming threat of coronavirus by claiming that Corona emerged from the Quran. Several protestors do not think that the pandemic is a threat because the Anti-CAA protests are supposedly a ‘call from Allah‘.