India Records 1,200 Cases of Covid sub-variant JN.1: Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka report the highest case numbers

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The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) reported on Saturday that the nation has documented 1,200 cases of the new Covid-19 sub-variant JN.1. Nagaland is the latest addition to the 17 states and Union Territories reporting the presence of this new variant. Health authorities have heightened alertness in recent weeks due to a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases attributed to the new sub-variant.

According to data compiled by INSACOG, Karnataka leads with the highest number of JN.1 cases at 215, followed by Andhra Pradesh (189), Maharashtra (170), Kerala (154), West Bengal (96), Goa (90), Tamil Nadu (88), and Gujarat (76), as reported by news agency PTI.

Telangana and Rajasthan reported 32 JN.1 cases each, Chhattisgarh recorded 25, Delhi (16), Uttar Pradesh (7), Haryana (5), Odisha (3), and Uttarakhand and Nagaland reported 1 each, according to the PTI report.

The Union Health Ministry has directed states and Union Territories to closely monitor the virus and take appropriate measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. States have been instructed to consistently monitor and document cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) at the district level across all healthcare facilities to promptly identify an upward trajectory in Covid cases.

While several nations, including India, have witnessed a sudden surge in Covid-19 cases due to the faster-spreading JN.1 sub-variant, health authorities reassure the public not to panic, emphasizing that the sub-variant is low in severity. The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated JN.1 as a “variant of concern” but clarified that it poses a “low” risk to public health.

Health experts emphasize that there is no need to be “unnecessarily alarmed” about sub-variants of the Covid-19 virus, as it is expected to persist among humans in various forms. INSACOG has also identified more than 400 sub-variants of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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Deepa Bapat
Deepa Bapathttps://www.storifynews.com/
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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