At least five of the more than 88,000 students who passed the recent state-wide Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical (KEAM) exam tested positive for COVID-19.
While on July 21 it was found that three students were infected with the virus, two others tested positive on Wednesday, district officials said.
The state government has been criticized by the opposition parties for holding the review despite the high prevalence of COVID-19 cases in the country.
In the meantime, a case has been recorded against at least 300 people who have gathered in front of one of the testing centers in the city to receive their wards after the July 16 test.
“The case was registered on July 17 after the picture of the crowd appeared in one of the newspapers.
The case was filed because the COVID-19 public health protocol was not followed, ”a police officer told PTI.
Opposition leaders have ignored the government’s decision to conduct the investigation during the COVID-19 crisis despite being asked to postpone it.
“This crowd of students pushing to enter an exam center for # keam2020 has mocked the social distance norms.
A government wishing to fight # Covid19 would not be stupid enough to continue these exams if students (and this MP) asked to be postponed! Shashi Tharoor, MP for Thiruvananthapuram, tweeted along with a picture of the crowd in front of an exam center in the state capital.
A 19-year-old student who took the exam at the Thycaud Government Teachers Training College and an 18-year-old who attended the Government Girls Higher Secondary School in Karamana are the two who tested positive here.
District officials said the student’s contact tracking in Thycaud was carried out when he took the test with 20 others.
“Only three of the 88,500 students tested positive on Tuesday. One student was already under observation and wrote the exam in a separate room.
The one in Thiruvananthapuram came along with other students for it, ”said Vijayan.
The third student was from Kozhikode.
The father of a candidate who accompanied his son to the Cotton Hill School exam center also tested positive.
He had stayed on the school premises until the end of the exam.
On Wednesday, two students, one from Kollam and one from Thiruvananthapuram, tested positive.
Kerala reported 720 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of people infected to 13,994 in the state.
Of the 720 positive cases, 528 were infected by their contacts.