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Kerala CM and Health Minister Test Negative for Covid-19 Hours after Quarantining Themselves

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and other ministers visited the crash site in Karipur on Saturday.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan and other ministers visited the crash site in Karipur on Saturday.

Seven other ministers have also gone into self-quarantine on Friday after they came in the primary contact list of Malappuram district collector who tested positive for coronavirus.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday tested negative for COVID-19, hours after he went into self-quarantine as he came in the primary contact list of an official who has contracted the virus, sources in his office here said.

Vijayan's antigen test was negative, said the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) sources.

The antigen test of Health Minister KK Shailaja also returned negative for the virus, they said.

Seven other ministers have also gone into self-quarantine on Friday after they came in the primary contact list of Malappuram district collector who tested positive for coronavirus.

The move came days after they visited the site of the Air India Express plane crash in Karipur airport in Kozhikode. Twenty-two officials, including the Malappuram district collector and district police chief who assisted in the rescue operations, have tested positive.

The other leaders include Minister for Industry EP Jayarajan, Minister for Agriculture VS Sunilkumar, Minister for Ports Ramachandran Kadannappalli, Minister for Transport AK Saseendran, Minister for Excise TP Ramakrishnan, Minister for Local Self Governments AC Moideen, and Minister for Higher Education and Welfare of Minorities KT Jaleel.

Chief Secretary Vishwas Mehta and State Police Chief Loknath Behra were also with the team that visited the site.

Malappuram Collector K Gopalakrishnan had coordinated the search and rescue operations after the Air India Express flight had veered off the tabletop runway and crashed into a valley and broke into pieces on August 7. Eighteen people were killed and several others injured in the mishap.

The collector, deputy collector and assistant collector, superintendent of police were among 20-odd people who have tested positive on Friday. "I have been tested positive today and I am asymptomatic," said Gopalakrishnan.

(With inputs from PTI)

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