Corona Jn.1: 21 cases detected in three states

21 cases of COVID-19 mutated substrain JN.1 virus have been detected in three states across the country. Cases of new coronavirus variants have been reported in Goa, Kerala and Maharashtra.

While 19 cases of the JN.1 virus have been reported in Goa so far, one each has been detected in Kerala and Maharashtra.

The JN.1 coronavirus, a parent strain of the Omicron strain, has been one of the fastest-spreading viruses in the past few weeks.

The World Health Organization classified JN.1 as a “variant of concern”, but said it poses a “low” global public health risk.

Member of Niti Aayog (Health) said that there is no need to panic amid the increasing number of Covid cases across the country. VK Paul said on Wednesday.

Paul said that the scientific community in India is closely monitoring the new mutant strain. However, Paul emphasized the need for states to increase Covid preparedness such as increasing testing and strengthening surveillance systems.

Meanwhile, the Centre has instructed states and Union Territories to remain vigilant as the number of Covid cases continues to rise nationwide.

Directed states to monitor and report district-wise cases of cold-like illness and acute respiratory illness regularly at all health centres.

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