New Delhi: A total of 69 cases of JN.1 subvariant of COVID have been reported in the country till December 25, Health Ministry sources said on Tuesday (December 26). As many as 34 cases were reported from Karnataka, 14 from Goa, nine from Maharashtra, six from Kerala, 4 Tamil Nadu and two from Telangana, the sources said. The total number of active cases in the country was recorded at 4,170. Karnataka reported 436 cases, Kerala 3096, Maharashtra 168, Gujarat 56, and Tamil Nadu 139 cases, according to Union Health Ministry data.
Meanwhile, amid rising concerns over the emergence of the new variant of the coronavirus, Dr Randeep Guleria, former director of AIIMS Delhi said,
This is the season when you will see viral infection, respiratory infection becoming more. Every year we see them whether it’s influenza, COVID, RSV or other viral infections. And that happens because of the temperature and crowding. As it’s a holiday season, people travel so they will carry the virus with them. There are crowds and many of the crowds stay indoors because of the cold weather, which leads to the spread of infection which is different in different people. So I would say what we need to do is first of all COVID appropriate behaviour like wash your hands regularly if you have a cough, and cold so that you don’t spread the infection to others.
He further said,
Avoid going to crowded places, especially if you have a fever, cough and cold because you may be spreading the infection to others.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified JN.1 as a variant of interest, distinct from its parent lineage BA.2.86. However, the global health body emphasised that the overall risk posed by JN.1 remains low based on current evidence.
Here are the updates from several states in India:
Karnataka reported 125 fresh cases of Covid-19 and three new coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours. This takes the total number of active cases in the state to 436, a Health bulletin said. The Karnataka Department of Health & Family Welfare Services said 34 cases of COVID-19’s variant JN.1 have been detected in the state so far, which include three deaths. Earlier in the day, Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao had said about 35 cases of JN.1 have been detected in Karnataka so far, but had maintained that the information is subjected to details shared by the department, later. Out of these 34 cases of JN.1 detected in Karnataka, 20 are from Bengaluru city alone.
On Tuesday, the Karnataka government’s cabinet sub-committee on coronavirus, issued guidelines for citizens amid the surge in the coronavirus cases. Wearing masks, not sending children with symptoms to schools, adhering to COVID appropriate behaviour like social distancing, seven days home isolation and leave for infected patients, are some of the measures issued. The sub-committee has also decided to administer “precautionary vaccine” for the aged and those with comorbidities and to get 30,000 doses of Corbevax vaccine from the Centre for this purpose.
Telangana recorded ten new COVID-19 cases on Monday with nine new infections reported from Hyderabad and one case was from Karimnagar. The total number of cases under treatment/ isolation stood at 55, a Health department bulletin said. A total of 989 samples were tested on Monday and reports were pending for 12, it said.
No fresh fatalities due to the virus were reported on Monday, it said.
Maharashtra recorded 28 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, and at least 10 cases of JN.1 variant has been reported in the state to date, said the health department. According to the Public Health Department of Maharashtra, 80,23,431 COVID-19 patients have been discharged after full recovery, of which 13 were discharged on Monday. The recovery rate in the state is 98.18 per cent while the case fatality rate in the state is 1.81 per cent.
The Delhi government has sent COVID-19 positive samples to laboratories for genome sequencing, officials said on Tuesday. Sixty-three cases of Covid sub-variant JN.1 were reported in the country till Sunday, including 34 in Goa, official sources said. Nine cases have been detected in Maharashtra, eight in Karnataka, six in Kerala, four in Tamil Nadu and two in Telangana, they added. An official said,
Delhi is witnessing three-four (Covid) cases every day, which means the positivity rate is less than 1 per cent. The samples of the positive patients have been sent for genome sequencing.
Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj said on Monday that the national capital is recording three-four Covid cases on an average every day and asserted that the city is well equipped to fight the virus resurgence.
Following the detection of COVID-19 variant JN.1 in the country, Himachal Pradesh’s health department has issued an advisory to the chief medical officers in the state to test patients with Covid-like symptoms and take necessary precautions, officials said. People with symptoms of cold, fever or cough are advised to take a Covid test, Una CMO Dr Sanjeev Kumar said on Tuesday. He also urged people to wear masks. In cases of respiratory diseases like influenza, cough, cold, sore throat, runny nose, headache and fever, all patients should get an RT-PCR test done immediately, doctors said.
(With inputs from ANI and PTI)
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