Days after casting vote, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tests positive for Covid-19
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. Vijayan tested Covid positive after his daughter Veena Vijayan and son-in-law PA Muhammad Riyas earlier tested positive.
Reports suggest that Vijayan will be shifted from his residence in Kannur to Kozhikode medical college soon. The Kerala Chief Minister has shown no symptoms of Covid-19 despite testing positive. It is understood that Vijayan decided to take a Covid-19 test after his daughter tested positive. Vijayan’s son-in-law Riyas had learnt that he tested positive earlier in the day and has asked everyone who was exposed to him to undergo quarantine.
The Kerala Chief Minister took the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on March 3, 2021. Vijayan and son-in-law were campaigning across the state in the recent Kerala Assembly election. They also attended rallies and roadshows and met many people. While, Vijayan, his wife and his son-in-law cast their vote during the early hours of polling, his daughter came to polling in a PPE kit later to cast her vote.
Vijayan joins a long list of political leaders to test positive for Covid-19. Vijayan joins Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa in testing positive for Covid-19. Former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and former Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Rawat also tested positive for the virus.
Other than chief ministers, over 30 politicians have tested positive for Covid-19 in India so far. These include Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Smriti Irani, Dharmendra Pradhan, DV Sadananda Gowda, Gajendra Shekhawat, New Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and Kerala Opposition Leader Ramesh Chennithala, to name a few.