Latest Update on COVID-19 and JN.1 Variant in India
As of December 21, India has reported a total of 22 cases of the JN.1 COVID variant. Official sources confirm no clustering of COVID-19 cases, and symptoms remain mild.
Current Status of Coronavirus Cases:
The country has 2,997 active COVID-19 cases, with 640 new infections recorded on December 22. The total COVID-19 tally stands at 4.50 crore (4,50,07,212). The death toll has reached 5,33,328, with one additional fatality reported from Kerala. Recoveries have increased to 4,44,70,887, maintaining a national recovery rate of 98.81%, as per the health ministry’s website.
The case fatality rate is 1.19%, and the country has administered 220.67 crore doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Insights from WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan:
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, former WHO chief scientist, addresses concerns about the new Coronavirus variant, JN.1. She emphasizes that it is currently a variant of interest, not a cause for concern. Dr. Swaminathan urges caution and adherence to preventive measures. She reassures the public that there’s no evidence suggesting increased severity, and the WHO advises monitoring the variant. Dr. Swaminathan advises wearing masks in closed environments, opting for open spaces, and seeking medical attention for warning symptoms.
The World Health Organization has recently classified Omicron sub-variant JN.1 as a variant of interest, separate from BA.2.86, while emphasizing the overall low risk based on current evidence.
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