India on alert as JN.1 Covid variant emerges, active cases surge to 1,828

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The Ministry of Health has directed states to stay vigilant as winter witnesses a surge in Covid-19 cases, particularly in the southern region. Kerala reported the country’s first case of the new Covid variant, JN.1, earlier this month. India has documented 260 new coronavirus cases, with active cases rising to 1,828, according to the updated health ministry data on Monday. Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Odisha have reported the majority of cases.

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Union Health Secretary Sudhansh Pant emphasized control and management strategies in letters sent to states and Union Territories on Monday. Despite sustained low rates due to collaborative efforts between the central and state governments, Pant highlighted the importance of maintaining momentum in dealing with public health challenges. The letter urged states to implement public health measures, monitor influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory illness cases, conduct adequate testing, increase RT-PCR tests, and send positive samples for genome sequencing.

In response to four deaths in Kerala over the weekend, Karnataka urged people above 60 with co-morbidities and symptoms to wear face masks. Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao emphasized increased testing for symptomatic and suspected cases and heightened surveillance in border districts. Rao assured the public that necessary measures, including assessing healthcare facilities’ preparedness, have been taken to address the situation.

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Deepa Bapat
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Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology from Macquarie University, Australia; Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) -Macquarie University, Sydney; Cleared the NET exam for Psychology. Dr.Deepa Bapat has been attached to the Child Development Centre at Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai and was the Clinical Neuropsychologist at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, Mumbai. She has also been involved in teaching psychology at tertiary education centers in Mumbai and Pune. Deepa’s research interests lie in the development of culturally appropriate neuropsychological tests. She is particularly interested in dealing with disorders of memory in the elderly, early detection of these conditions and appropriate rehabilitation of the same. Recently she has join Storify News as an health related article published. Here is her profile for your reference: https://www.flame.edu.in/faculty/deepa-bapat

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