India sees spike in JN.1 sub-variant cases amid persistent new year COVID-19 challenges

The total number of active COVID cases in the country has now reached 4,394, with a notable increase in the prevalence of the JN.1 sub-variant.

| Updated: 02 January, 2024 12:09 pm IST
COVID-19 cases rise in India

NEW DELHI: In the latest update on the COVID-19 situation in India, the Union Health Ministry has reported a significant spike of 636 infections within a 24-hour period, coupled with two fatalities in Kerala and one in Tamil Nadu.

The total number of active COVID cases in the country has now reached 4,394, with a notable increase in the prevalence of the JN.1 sub-variant.

This sudden surge has prompted both central and state governments to elevate their vigilance and preparedness levels, especially as the nation approaches new year celebrations.

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Karnataka, reporting 229 fresh cases on January 1, has become the second state after Kerala to surpass 1,000 active cases.

Additionally, Uttarakhand has confirmed two COVID-19 cases, including a 77-year-old man admitted to Max Hospital, Dehradun, and a 72-year-old female patient.

Authorities are urging the public to refrain from unnecessary gatherings and crowded places.

In response to the escalating situation, Heads of Departments (HoDs) and sub-divisional magistrates in Leh district have been directed to enforce precautionary measures.

Sukhadeve, a representative, emphasised the crucial need for compliance with these orders. The chief medical officer will oversee rigorous surveillance, submitting daily status reports on COVID to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the JN.1 sub-variant as a Variant of Interest (VOI), subject to intense scientific scrutiny.

This particular variant has shown to be particularly lethal for the elderly and people with comorbidities.

As the global health community closely monitors the situation, India remains on high alert, grappling with the challenges posed by this evolving strain.

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