The new virus, which spreads through contact, has caused 14 deaths in Kerala and more are under surveillance.
Mr Vij is known to throw darts at the Congress president.
After Rahul Gandhi took over as party chief in December from his mother Sonia Gandhi, Mr Vij remarked that this would help Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cause of a "Congress-mukt bharat (Congress-free India)".
More recently, the minister reportedly said that Bhagat Singh and Lala Lajpat Rai had made the "supreme sacrifice" for the country by laying down their lives, unlike Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, "who did not suffer even a single stick".
In another controversial comment, he targeted Gurmehar Kaur, the Delhi University student who led a campaign against in-campus violence and blamed BJP-linked students' group Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad or ABVP for it. "Those who are supporting Gurmehar Kaur are all pro-Pakistan. Such people have no right to live in India and they should be thrown out of the country," Mr Vij had said.
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