New Delhi: Looking at the rising cases of coronavirus in some states, the Central government on Wednesday asked the states and UTs to consider imposing restrictions in view of upcoming festivals. In a letter to the states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan urged the states to actively consider the imposition of local restrictions and to curb mass gatherings.Also Read - CDC Leader Adds People With Risky Jobs to COVID Booster List | Deets Here

“Indian Council of Medical Research and National Centre for Disease control have expressed concern regarding the mass gathering events during festivals turning into super spreader events,” a letter from the Union Health Ministry to Chief Ministers and administrators of all states stated. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: 32 Students of Private School Test COVID +ve in Rajouri On First Day of School Reopening

“I would like to reiterate that any laxity in ensuring strict adherance to the five-fold strategy of ‘Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and Ensuring Covid-Appropriate Behaviour’, may result in losing the impetus that our country has gained so far in managing the pandemic,” the letter signed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, stated. Also Read - Alabama Lawmakers Weigh Using Coronavirus Funds to Build Prisons

Earlier also, the Union Health Ministry had urged the states to impose local restrictions ahead of upcoming festivals in the country.

“In view of upcoming festivals, it is strongly advised that States may consider imposing local restrictions in public observation of these festivals and limit/ do away with mass gatherings, in exercise of powers conferred under Section 22 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” Bhushan had written in a letter.

The development comes as the country on Wednesday recorded 42,625 cases, taking India’s total tally of COVID-19 to 3,17,69,132 and the active caseload increased to 4,10,353. This was informed by the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.

Concern over COVID deaths: Earlier in the day, the Union Health Ministry clarified that while some COVID-19 cases could go undetected as per the principles of infectious disease and its management, missing out on deaths was completely unlikely given the robust and statute-based death registration system in India.

During the peak of the second wave, the health system across the country was focused on effective clinical management of cases requiring medical help due to which correct reporting and recording of Covid deaths could have been delayed but it was later reconciled by states and UTs, the ministry said in a statement.

Noting that there have been some speculative media reports inferring under-counting of deaths from eight states, the ministry said the deaths can only be estimated and the exact data may never be known.

“It is clarified that given the robust and statute-based death registration system in India, while some cases could go undetected as per the principles of infectious disease and its management, missing out on deaths is completely unlikely. This could also be seen in the case fatality rate, which as on 31st December 2020 stood at 1.45 per cent, and even after an unexpected surge observed in the second wave in April-May 2021, the case fatality rate today stands at 1.34 per cent,” the ministry said.