The CM said he had never said that journalists were carrying out personal attack on him.
Kerala CM seeks Centre's nod for using SDRF funds fully for COVID-19; Thanks PM for sending NDRF teams
Briefing the media later, Vijayan said the states had been facing a financial burden due to the setting up of COVID-19 testing and quarantine facilities.
Pinarayi’s comments came while responding to the questions of mediapersons on the revelations of the Customs probing the gold smuggling case.
Covid-19 protocol and guidelines were rolled out even before the first case was reported in state, says Pinarayi
Pinarayi’s FB live on March 10, the day when he took over the Covid-19 briefing from Health Minister K K Shailaja, received 6.2k likes and 504.7k views.
"The delay in testing is the main cause of community transmission. The cost of a test in a private lab is unaffordable for the common man," Surendran said.
The chief minister assured the editors that the government would seriously consider their suggestions.
The health department too has disowned the statement made by the health officer. In a statement here, the health minister’s office dubbed the health officer’s claim as bogus.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had on Wednesday said the government "may have to consider" implementing total lockdown in the state.
He asked Pinarayi to step down as the patience of people in the state was wearing thin.
On Pinarayi’s charge that the Opposition has been trying to defame the LDF government, Chennithala said the government never had a good image to boast of.
To keep a tab on Covid-19, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday stressed the need to wear facemasks and practise social distancing while inside houses also.
After M V Jayarajan’s exit, party cadre lost access to chief minister’s office, say sources
The Chief Minister, reacting to it, said organising such protests violating COVID-19 protocol will not be allowed. The government is not questioning anyone's right to protest, he said.
Both Muslim Youth League and Yuva Morcha took out protests to Kozhikode Collectorate.