New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Two students who appeared in the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical entrance exam (KEAM) and the parent of another have tested positive for Covid-19. Both the students wrote the exam at different exam centres.

The infected candidates include a 19-year-old female student, hailing from Karimpanavilakom in Pozhiyoor, wrote the exam along with others in Thycaud. She was a secondary contact of a COVID-19 patient but was permitted to take the exam after she shows now symptoms of the infection. Another student, from AKG Nagar in Peroorkada, was diagnosed with the illness. He wrote the exam at Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School, Karamana. A separate room was arranged for him where only an invigilator and two volunteers were present.

The third case pertains to a 47-year-old Manacaud native who had accompanied his son to Cotton Hill School, Vazhuthacaud for the exam. He apparently stayed on the premises till the exam got over.

 

The Kerala government went ahead with its plan to hold the entrance exam despite stiff opposition from various quarters amidst a spike in coronavirus cases in the state. Around one lakh students had applied for the examination, of which 85 percent had appeared. Elaborate arrangements were made to ensure social distancing among students. However, various reports suggest all the distancing norms were thrown to the window after the completion of the exam.

 

Soon after the examinations, images of students and parents thronging the entrance of many centres went viral on social media. Kerala on Monday reported a total of 794 new cases of COVID-19 , out of which 519 people were infected through local transmission, the state's health minister KK Shailaja informed.

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha