India records 1,200 cases of Covid sub-variant JN.1, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh record the most cases

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) said on Saturday that the country has recorded 1,200 cases of the new Covid-19 sub-variant JN.1 and Nagaland is the last of the 17 states and union territories to record the presence of this variant reported the new variant of the virus. Health authorities have been on alert in recent weeks as the number of Covid-19 cases suddenly increased due to the new sub-variant.

Karnataka has reported 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), news agency PTI said, citing data compiled by INSACOG.

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 1 each, the PTI report further added .

The Union Health Ministry has asked states and Union Territories to maintain strict vigil against the virus and take appropriate measures to contain the spread of Covid-19. The Center has directed states to consistently monitor and document cases of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory illness (SARI) at the district level in all health facilities. The aim is to identify an upward trend in Covid cases at an early stage.

Spreads quickly but is of low severity

Apart from India, several countries reported a sudden surge in cases of the Covid-19 virus as the new JN.1 sub-variant spreads faster. However, health authorities have assured people not to panic as cases of the sub-variant are now low in severity. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the JN.1 sub-variant as a “variant of concern,” but clarified that it poses a “low” risk to public health.

The health experts have pointed out that there is no reason for “unnecessary alarm” about the sub-variants of Covid-19 variants as the virus will remain among people in some form. INSACOG also said they have discovered more than 400 sub-variants of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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