Kerala minister KK Shailaja busy getting featured on fashion magazines’ cover pages, says Union minister


Union Minister V Muraleedharan has alleged that Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja had failed in containing coronavirus spread in the state. He said Shailaja has instead been focussing on getting featured on the cover pages of fashion magazines.

Union Minister V Muraleedharan (PTI)

Union Minister V Muraleedharan on Thursday alleged that Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja had failed in containing the spread of coronavirus in the state and had instead been focussing on getting featured on the cover pages of fashion magazines.

V Muraleedharan said if the credit for success in coronavirus prevention goes to the Kerala government, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan should clarify who was responsible for the present situation in the state.

“Those who took credit for coronavirus defensive excellence should also take credit for the current defeat,” he said, adding, “Kerala has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country. The situation is very serious and the state government is not releasing the exact number of Covid-19 deaths.”

“The central government team checked the health situation in Kerala and I know what they said. Everyone will know the truth when the final report comes. Covid mortality rates in Kerala are calculated without following the global guidelines; Kerala does not meet the standards of ICMR,” Muraleedharan said.

The Union minister said the situation of coronavirus is serious in Kerala while it has improved in other states.

“Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Health Minister KK Shailaja are still claiming that Kerala is the number one state in Covid-19 prevention and I couldn’t understand how that could be true. The opposition in Kerala has not pointed out the government’s major setback in confronting the virus,” Muraleedharan said.

The state on Thursday reported 5,490 COVID-19 cases while 4,337 have been cured of the infection, taking the total caseload to 8,31,259 and recoveries to 7,61,154. The active cases touched 66,503.

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