AGENCIES, New Delhi: A day after Arvind Kejriwal said that time has come to re-open Delhi, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that more stringent actions are needed to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the national capital.
Speaking to reporters, the minister said that minimum relaxation should be given by Delhi government to control the dreadful infection in the state.
“I should not comment on what more needs to be done in Delhi, as it may be taken as a political statement. But considering the current status, I personally feel that more stringent action needs to be taken in the national capital to combat COVID-19. I think that minimum relaxation should be given by Delhi government during coronavirus-induced lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19,” the Union Health Minister said.
#WATCH Delhi is one of the places where considering the current status, more stringent action needs to be taken. I think that minimum relaxations should be given by Delhi Govt amid #CoronavirusLockdown to curb the spread of #COVID19: Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan. pic.twitter.com/hHB5xQdXWe
— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2020
While addressing a press conference on Sunday evening, Kejriwal that “time has come to re-open” the national capital, saying people will have to be ready to live with the dreadful coronavirus.
He had also announced the list of activities permitted during the extended lockdown period from May 4 onwards, adding that he will urge the central government to declare only containment areas in the city as red zone and not the entire district.
Meanwhile, the Health Minister said India’s COVID-19 mortality rate of 3.2 per cent is the lowest in the world.
“We have taken a pro-active, pre-emptive, and graded approach. We are improving our testing capacity and deploying different strategies in different zones to curb the spread of COVID-19,” he said.
Nearly 4,549 are infected by coronavirus in the national capital. The coronavirus has affected over 42,836 people in the country while more than 1,389 have died.