New Delhi: The Congress on Friday claimed that party leader Rahul Gandhi, who recently returned from his foreign tour in Italy, was screened for coronavirus, just like the others, at the airport on February 29. Gandhi was found clean of all symptoms of the deadly infection. Also Read - As Noida Gets Sealed, Women, Children Wait For Essential Food Items to Get Delivered on Streets

Congress’ clarification comes in the wake of the BJP’s sharp digs at the former Congress president that he may be carrying the deadly virus from Italy, which has emerged to be one of the global hotspots of COVID-19. The BJP, that often looks for occasions to criticise that Congress leader, made the remarks at the time when Gandhi was visiting northeast Delhi to take stock of the situation in the aftermath of last week’s communal violence. Also Read - 2022 World Athletics Championships Set For July 15-24

In one such remark, BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri said, “Many people from Italy had tested positive for the virus and hence Rahul Gandhi should be checked for coronavirus. Rahul Gandhi returned from Italy just six days ago, so he should be checked for coronavirus.” Also Read - Shoaib Akhtar Proposes India vs Pakistan Series to Raise Funds For Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

Retorting at the BJP-led Centre with regards to the measures taken on coronavirus, Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “The Health Minister saying that the Indian Govt has the #coronavirus crisis under control, is like the Capt of the Titanic telling passengers not to panic as his ship was unsinkable.”

“It’s time the Govt made public an action plan backed by solid resources to tackle this crisis,” he said in the Twitter post.

Gandhi also called out Prime Minister Narendra Modi for posting his teaser of his women’s day plan amid a nationwide fear of the coronavirus epidemic. Slamming the Prime Minister for neglecting his duties, he said, “Quit wasting India’s time playing the clown with your social media accounts, when India is facing an emergency.”

Notably, the number of positive cases of COVID-19 has touched 31 in India, after a Delhi resident who travelled from Thailand and Malaysia was diagnosed with the disease earlier this morning. Six suspected cases were also detected in Agra after these persons came in contact with the first person from Delhi found to be infected.

Meanwhile, over 1,00,000 cases of novel coronavirus have been reported in more than 90 countries across the globe with 3,404 deaths and nearly 55,000 recoveries.