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22 Kerala Officials Involved In Plane Crash Rescue Ops Test Positive

Kerala airplane crash: The Air India Express Boeing 737 broke in two after touchdown in rain (File)

Thiruvananthapuram:

Twenty-two officers who responded to the airplane crash in Kerala final week have examined constructive for coronavirus, the Malappuram medical officer has stated. The Air India Express airplane got here with 184 passengers from Dubai beneath the centre’s Vande Bharat Mission that expatriates Indians stranded overseas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“They were quarantined after the rescue operations at the plane crash site ended. Most of them were on location,” the district medical officer stated.

The district medical officer’s workforce is enterprise danger evaluation and extra particulars are awaited.

All on board the crashed plane have been evacuated after a virtually three-hour operation. Eighteen individuals together with each the pilots died within the crash and greater than 150 have been injured. All survivors have been admitted to numerous hospitals and have been additionally examined for COVID-19.

Though it was India’s worst passenger plane accident since 2010, the variety of casualties was considerably decrease than the one in Mangaluru when one other Air India Express flight from Dubai overshot the table-top runway and slid down a hill, killing 158 individuals. A tabletop runway sits on high of a plateau or hill with one or each ends adjoining to a steep elevation, which drops right into a gorge. Such an airport presents a difficult situation for touchdown.

Kerala is prone to see a pointy rise in COVID-19 circumstances in August and September with day by day infections anticipated between 10,000 and 20,000, state Health Minister KK Shailaja stated right this moment, in keeping with information company Press Trust of India.

“Experts have opined that during the months of August and September we may witness a surge in COVID-19 cases. We may report between 10,000 to 20,000 cases per day,” she stated in a video marketing campaign asking individuals to hitch the “Covid Brigade” to halt the pandemic unfold.

On Thursday, Kerala recorded 1,564 constructive circumstances, taking the whole an infection tally to 39,708.

India has logged 64,553 circumstances of coronavirus within the final 24 hours with 1,007 deaths, the Health Ministry stated this morning. The complete variety of circumstances within the nation has now reached 24,61,190 with 48,040 deaths. A complete of 17,51,555 COVID-19 sufferers have recovered, taking the restoration price to 70.17 per cent, the Health Ministry stated on Thursday.

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