Kerala's Minister for Industries and Sports EP Jayarajan tests COVID-19 positive

South India

He is the second minister in Kerala's cabinet to test positive for the virus.


Kerala's Minister for Industries and Sports EP Jayarajan was tested positive for the COVID-19 on Friday.

According to the Manorama News report, he was under observation at his home in Kannur, and four of the minister's staff have been quarantined.

Earlier, Finance Minsiter Thomas Isaac had tested COVID positive on September 6. Subsequently, all those who had been in contact with the Minister were isolated.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had been under observation after the infection was confirmed to Thomas Isaac. However, he has tested negative for COVID-19. This is the second time that the CM is getting tested for COVID-19.

Earlier, the Chief Minister had undergone the antigen test after he visited the Calicut International Airport, following the plane  crash last month.

On Thursday, 3,349 people tested positive for coronavirus and 1,657 patients were cured of COVID-19 in Kerala . 

Of the new cases, 3,058 contracted the disease through contact. As many as 50 infected persons came from abroad while 165 came from other states.

The state has reported 99,266 COVID-19 cases so far, out of which 72,578 persons recovered. The remaining 26,229 patients are being treated in various hospitals.

There are 2,04,376 people under observation across the state. Of them, 1,84,128 are under home/institutional quarantine while 20,248 are in hospitals.

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