After Corona cases are found once again in many states, the Central Government is taking full vigilance and the Center has given special instructions to the states to send all the positive reports of Corona for genome sequencing. The central government on Friday directed states to rethink their efforts to increase vigilance for any related variant of Sars-CoV. The outbreak of the JN.1 variant in some states has raised concerns that it could spark a wider outbreak, but officials have so far seen no increase in reports of severe illness or hospitalizations.
Don’t be afraid of Corona, take precautions
A senior central government official, requesting anonymity, said, “This is a part of the overall Covid surveillance that is being strengthened across the country. All RT-PCR positive samples need to be sent to INSACOG laboratories for genome sequencing so that the type of variant of corona that is currently active can be known. States have been asked to increase Covid testing, which is important to reduce the spread of the disease. Although people have been told that there is no need to panic, these measures are only precautionary. So far, it has been observed that no Covid infected person has been hospitalized or died due to corona. “The majority of those infected have mild symptoms.”
JN-1 variant of Corona is active
RT-PCR tests determine whether the virus is present or not, while genome sequencing identifies the coronavirus sample. Apart from this, state governments are also giving personal monitoring guidelines as a precautionary measure. Some states are seeing a slight increase in cases around the start of the holiday season — primarily due to JN.1, which appears to spread more easily than the XBB-family variants that prevailed before it.
Covid increased concern in these states
The affected states in India that have seen a slight increase in cases include Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, Puducherry, Gujarat, Telangana, Punjab and Delhi. According to government data, about 93% of those infected have mild symptoms and are recovering at home. Of the people being treated in various hospitals across the country, only 0.1% are on ventilator support, 1.2% are admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU), and 0.6% are on oxygen support.
Late Tuesday night, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified JN.1 as a separate SARS-CoV-2 variant, after seeing its rapid spread across the world. According to WHO, at this time, there is no evidence that JN.1 poses a greater risk than other variants currently circulating. The UN health body also said that available evidence shows that existing vaccines are capable of protecting against severe disease and death.
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