Singer Sonu Nigam has decided to extend his stay in Dubai as he believes travelling amid the coronavirus outbreak can put people around him at risk. The singer was in the Himalayas earlier and wanted to come to Mumbai for a concert scheduled for March 6 but it got postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. He then decided to head to Dubai to be with his wife and son and has been there since a few weeks.
“I am fortunate that my wife and my son are in Dubai. My son studies here and I keep travelling here a lot, Dubai is like my second base. But my father, sister are alone in India. I wanted to come back to India and be at my father’s side but I realized that if I do that, I’ll be exposing him to the risk of me carrying this virus, who knows the extent of the danger,” Sonu told PTI.
The 46-year-old singer said everybody is taking precautions and he wants to ensure that the health of those around him isn’t at risk.
“I thought let’s not outsmart the virus. I thought it’s better for me to stay for a bit (till things go normal). Coming back to India, and then going in quarantine will still be a risk.”
“I came to Dubai and I thought I’ll be able to go back to India but I didn’t know it’s going to be such an issue eventually. But we are fine here.”
On Friday, singer Kanika Kapoor becomes the first Bollywood celebrity to test positive for the deadly virus in the country and has said she is under complete quarantine and medical care.
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Hello everyone, For the past 4 days I have had signs of flu, I got myself tested and it came positive for Covid-19. My family and I are in complete quarantine now and following medical advice on how to move forward. Contact mapping of people I have been in touch with is underway aswell. I was scanned at the airport as per normal procedure 10days ago when I came back home, the symptoms have developed only 4 days ago. At this stage I would like to urge you all to practice self isolation and get tested if you have the signs. I am feeling ok, like a normal flu and a mild fever, however we need to be sensible citizens at this time and think of all around us. We can get through this without panic only if we listen to the experts and our local, state and central government directives. Wishing everyone good health. Jai Hind ! Take care, KK
The UP police later booked the singer for negligence and committing acts that are likely to spread disease dangerous to life after she attended at least three gatherings in Lucknow, including a party where political leaders were present.
When asked if his decision of staying back was in anyway related to what happened to Kanika, Sonu said that wasn’t the case.
“The last time I was contemplating coming to India was on March 16 night, but thankfully my flight got cancelled. Then from March 17, there was this regulation from the government of India that you have to go on a self-quarantine for 14 days, compulsorily. I decided I shouldn’t take a chance. Being a potential carrier is the worst thing,” he said
In Dubai, the singer said the family is taking extreme precautions.
“We all are being safe, staying indoors, not gathering with many people. Careless people shouldn’t be around you at this point, people who are too brash, that ‘oh nothing will happen. I don’t allow such people in my vicinity. I’m. very hygiene conscious anyway.”
Sonu said he will be conducting a live music concert on his social media on Sunday.