26 volunteers involved in rescue ops in Kozhikode plane crash test COVID-19 positive
The volunteers, all living near the airport area, had rushed to the accident site on 7 August and taken the injured to hospital
"As far as my information from the airport sources goes, as many as 26 local people, involved in the rescue operations, have tested positive for the virus so far and are now under medical care," the Malappuram district medical officer Dr K Sakeena told PTI.
District Collector K Gopalakrishnan, Superintendent of Police U Abdul Kareem and 21 officials, including police and fire force personnel, also involved in the rescue operations, had also tested positive.
Nineteen people, including the pilot and co-pilot, were killed and several injured when the flight with 190 people on board overshot the table-top runway and fell into a valley and broke into pieces.
The youngsters, who all stay around the airport area, had rushed to the accident site braving the heavy rains and COVID-19 fears and taken the injured to the various hospitals, drawing praise from various quarters, including Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
The volunteers had been asked by the Health Minister KK Shailaja to go on quarantine after one of the deceased passengers tested positive for the pathogen.
For the host city, just as for the athletes, an Olympic Games is a culmination of a cycle of meticulous preparation. Tokyo is unlikely to have that moment of catharsis this time around.
World leaders who have already promised their attendance in the opening ceremony are French President Emmanuel Macron, Mongolian Prime Minister Luvsannamsrai Oyun-Erdene and US first lady Jill Biden among others.
'Come together to defeat BJP': Mamata Banerjee discusses Oppn unity, Pegasus row with Sonia and Rahul
Banerjee's visit during the ongoing Parliament's Monsoon Session assumes increased significance with the Opposition cornering the Centre on price rise, increasing cost of fuel and COVID-19 pandemic