India Reports 656 New COVID-19 Cases

A surge of 656 new cases of COVID-19 in India in a single day was reported by the Union Health Ministry. According to the ministry, there are now 3,742 active cases, up from 3,420 on Sunday. Kerala had one death in the last day, bringing the total number of deaths nationwide to 533,333, or 1.18% of all deaths.

Kerala had the most number of active cases in a single day (126), which is where the covid sub-variant JN.1 was first found. Across all states, including Telangana (11), Gujarat (10), Delhi (16), Maharashtra (35), Karnataka (96), and Gujarat (11)—the ministry recorded a spike in daily active caseloads.

The symptoms, which include fever, cough, nasal discharge, and sometimes severe body aches along with diarrhea, are quite similar to seasonal influenza, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, making it challenging to distinguish JN.1 from other sub-variants of Omicron. But healing often takes two to five days.

New COVID-19 Cases in India

India Reports 656 New COVID-19 Cases

Since JN.1 contains one more protein spike, it has a greater propensity to propagate more quickly than BA.2.86. But it won’t be as bad as the Delta type,” remarked Dr. Lalit Kant, a former ICRM scientist.

Despite an increase in cases, Dr. NK Arora, the chairman of the India SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium. Stated that the subvariant would not need an additional vaccination dosage at this time. Compared to BA.2.86, which has been present in India for a while, JN.1 is more transmissible due to the presence of an additional spike protein.

JN.1, a severely mutated strain of SARS-CoV-2 that is a sub-variant of the Omicron strain. It is derived from the BA.2.86 variety, also known as Pirola. The BA.2.86 lineage, which was discovered in India in August, has more than 30 spike protein mutations. JN.1 and BA.2.86 are similar, with one property that separates them.

The WHO deemed COVID-19 to be over as a global health emergency in May of this year. Regarding the variety JN.1, the World Health Organisation has designated it as a “variant of interest.” Due to its swiftly spreading nature; yet, it presents a “low” hazard to the worldwide public.

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