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NEW DELHI: Delhi on Wednesday reported it first case of Covid-19 JN.1 variant infection.
“Delhi has reported the first case of JN.1, a Sub-Variant of Omicron. Out of the 3 samples sent for Genome Sequencing, one is JN.1 and the other two are Omicron,” Delhi health minister Saurabh Bharadwaj told ANI.
“JN.1 is a sub-variant of Omicron and is a mild infection. This is the one spreading in south India. There is no need to panic. It causes mild sickness,” he added.
A total of 109 JN.1 Covid variant cases have been reported in the country as of December 26.
Thirty-six cases were detected from Gujarat, 34 from Karnataka, 14 from Goa, nine from Maharashtra, six from Kerala, four each from Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, and two from Telangana. Most of the patients are currently in home isolation, news agency PTI quoted sources as saying.
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.
Last week, Union health secretary Sudhansh Pant wrote to states and Union territories, emphasizing the need for essential public health measures during the ongoing festive season. In his letter, he highlighted the critical Covid-19 control and management strategies.
States were strongly encouraged to enforce the operational guidelines outlined by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the revised surveillance strategy for Covid-19. Pant urged for effective compliance with these guidelines.
Meanwhile, India recorded 529 fresh Covid-19 cases in a single day, while the country’s active infection count stood at 4,093, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
Three new fatalities — two from Karnataka and one from Gujarat — were reported in a span of 24 hours, according to the ministry’s data updated at 8 am.
The number of daily cases had dropped to double-digits till December 5, but infections have again gone up after emergence of a new variant and cold weather conditions.
The daily numbers were in lakhs at the peak of the pandemic, which began in early 2020 and has seen more than 4.5 crore people getting infected and over 5.3 lakh deaths in about four years since then across the country.
(With agency inputs)





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