New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after Arvind Kejriwal said that time has come to re-open Delhi, Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Monday said that more stringent action actions are needed to check the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the national capital.

Speaking to reporters, the Union Health Minister said that minimum relaxation should be given by Delhi government to control the dreadful infection in the city-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," Harsh Vardhan said, as quoted by news agency ANI. 

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While addressing a press conference on Sunday evening, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said 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 also spoke about the coronavirus pandemic in the country and said that India's COVID-19 mortality rate of 3.2 per cent is the lowest in the world. 

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"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.

The novel coronavirus has affected over 42,000 people in the country while more than 1,300 have died. In Delhi, the deadly virus has affected 4,549 and claimed the lives of 64 while 1,362 have been cured and discharged from hospitals. 

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