“Politicians should stick to facts! There is no ‘Singapore variant’,” Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in a social media post on Wednesday.
His ministry issued a statement saying it was “disappointed that a prominent political figure had failed to ascertain the facts before making such claims.”
Kejriwal’s comments came after Singapore cautioned on Sunday that new variants, such as the one first detected in India, were affecting more children and ordered most schools to shut to contain a recent surge in new cases.
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also chastised Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi party is the largest in the local assembly and fiercely opposed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
The variant has now spread to dozens of countries, and is the fourth strain to be declared a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization. That classification means a variant may be more transmissible or cause more severe disease, fail to respond to treatment, evade immune response or fail to be diagnosed by standard tests.