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New COVID Variant JN.1: India Records 21 Cases – Mask Guidelines and Updates here!

In the 24 hours following the arrival of the JN.1 Covid version in India, 2669 active cases were recorded. According to the Union Health Ministry, there has been an increase in Covid cases in Kerala, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, and Karnataka. On Wednesday, NITI Aayog member (health) Dr V K Paul stated that India has so far recorded 21 instances of Covid-19 subvariant JN.1.

JN.1 (BA.2.86.1.1) coronavirus variant originated in late 2023 and is a descendent of the BA.2.86 lineage (Pirola).

Here are ten JN.1 Covid variant updates:

On Wednesday, two Covid-19-related fatalities were recorded in Karnataka. It is unknown if the death was caused by the new subvariant JN.1.

  • Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya conducted a meeting with health department leaders yesterday, urging states to monitor rising cases, symptoms, and case severity in order to organize an adequate public health response.
  • Hospitals around the country are on high alert because to an increase in Covid cases. Dr. Rohit Kumar, Head of Pulmonary Medicine at Safdarjung Hospital, stated, “We are on high alert, conducting COVID tests, and sending samples for genome sequencing.”
  • In the Maharashtra area of Sindhudurg, a 41-year-old man tested positive with the novel Covid-19 subvariant JN.1. There were no other details about the patient available.
  • According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Kerala reported 300 new active cases of Covid-19 and three fatalities on December 20th.
  • In accordance with national recommendations, the West Bengal Health Department will continue to monitor instances of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI).
  • According to the Haryana government, RT-PCR testing would be performed for Influenza-like illnesses and Severe Acute Respiratory Infections.
  • The Delhi government is likewise on high alert as a new Covid version enters the nation. Oxygen cylinders, ventilator beds, and other criteria are being “reviewed again,” according to Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj.
  • The Karnataka government has issued a warning advising persons over the age of 60, those with comorbidities, pregnant women, and nursing moms to use face masks when going outside and to avoid going to closed, poorly ventilated, and congested places.
  • Gujarat now has 13 active coronavirus infections, but all patients are being treated at home. The Gujarat government has asked residents not to panic and to be watchful. Gujarat government officials conducted a simulation drill in over 5,700 hospitals to examine their readiness to cope with any health emergency in light of the JN.1 subvariant.
  • Goa has recorded 19 current Covid cases, however all patients had minor Covid symptoms.
  • Over the last week, no Covid instances have been recorded in Odisha. However, the state administration has encouraged seniors to exercise caution.
  • Yesterday, two new instances of coronavirus were discovered in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer.
  • JN.1 has been categorized as a different “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization due to its fast dissemination, yet it poses a “low” worldwide public health concern.


The novel JN.1 variant’s genome is being sequenced by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

About the COVID-19 JN.1 variant:

JN.1 (BA.2.86.1.1) SARS-CoV-2 variant arose in late 2023 and is a descendent of the BA.2.86 lineage (Pirola).

The BA.2.86 lineage, discovered in August 2023, is genetically different from the circulating SARS-CoV-2 Omicron XBB lineages EG.5.1 and HK.3.

BA.2.86 carries more than 30 mutations in the spike (5) protein, indicating a high potential for immune evasion. JN.1 was first detected in Denmark and Israel in late July 2023.

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