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Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy Tests Negative for Coronavirus

File photo of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy.

File photo of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The chief minister wanted to give a message that nobody should hesitate or have any apprehensions about getting tested and hence, he got tested himself, a press release said.

Seeking to send a message that coronavirus screening is nothing to be afraid of, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday volunteered for a test, with his result returning negative.

The chief minister's sample was tested using the Rapid Testing Kit (RTK) that was imported from South Korea earlier in the day. The RTK, which delivers the result in 10 minutes, confirmed negative for Jagan in the test, according to a CMO release here.

The chief minister wanted to give a message that nobody should hesitate or have any apprehensions about getting tested and hence, he got tested himself, the release quoted Dr K Rambabu, the state coordinator at the COVID-19 Command Control Centre, as saying after he conducted the examination.

Reddy had earlier received the consignment of one lakh RTKs that landed in Vijayawada by a chartered flight from Seoul. The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state stood at 523 on Friday with 38 more people testing positive.