New Delhi: Faced with relentless questions about the steep rise in chikungunya patients and deaths in the National Capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday said that chikungunya could not possibly result in anyone’s death.

Jain, while addressing the press, said that Delhiites should not panic and instead should go and visit the hospital in case if they experience symptoms of chikungunya. But his statement on the vector-borne disease turned bizarre when he said that the chikungunya could not be the cause of deaths, since Google said that it could not cause deaths.

“People of Delhi have no need to panic. The state government is ready to provide help at all cost. But one should get admitted only if the doctor advises them to do so and not because they are scared,” he said.

Apparently having done some research on the internet, the AAP minister said, “Chikungunya deaths are not happening across the world. Why is it only in a select few Delhi hospitals? And upon enquiry, I have discovered that most of the deaths are of people who were aged and already sick with other ailments.”

Chikungunya has already claimed more than dozen lives in the National Capital.