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Covid India cases highlights: ‘No need to panic, need to remain alert,’ say experts

Covid India cases highlights: Check out the latest developments from across the country on the new sub-variant of Covid-19 here.
Now, the total number of active Covid cases in Uttar Pradesh has risen to 10. (For Representation)
Now, the total number of active Covid cases in Uttar Pradesh has risen to 10. (For Representation)

The outbreak of the JN.1 sub-variant of SARS-COV2 has triggered concerns in the country with the Union government directing states to send samples of all Covid-19 test swabs for whole genome sequencing in an attempt to step up a vigil for any concerning variant of the virus. The affected states that have shown a slight increase in cases in India include Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa, Puducherry, Gujarat, Telangana, Punjab, and Delhi....Read More

States have amped up their preparedness and introduced individual surveillance guidelines as a precautionary measure.

Nearly 93% of those infected have mild symptoms and are isolating at home. Among those who are undergoing treatment at various hospitals across the country, only 0.1% are on ventilator support, 1.2% are admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU), and 0.6% are on oxygen support, the government data said.

Although classified in the Variant of Interest (VOI) category, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said there is no evidence that JN.1 presents an increased risk to public health relative to other currently circulating variants. The UN health body also said that the evidence at hand suggests current vaccines are capable of preventing severe disease and death.

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Dec 23, 2023 8:43 PM IST

2 fresh Covid cases detected in Gurugram district; active cases rise to 4

The number of active Covid cases in Gurugram district reached four after two more instances of the infection was detected, the health department said on Saturday.

District Surveillance Officer Dr Jai Prakash Rajliwal said a 36-year-old man who had returned from Indonesia got tested for Covid due to sore throat, cold and cough and was found infected.

Apart from this, a 32-year-old woman was also found Covid infected but the health department did not find any travel history of the woman, he added.

On the other hand, the health department collected samples from 102 people on Saturday and sent those for testing, officials said.

Dec 23, 2023 7:58 PM IST

Mizoram govt appeals to people to adhere to COVID norms during upcoming festive season

The Mizoram government on Saturday appealed to the people of the state to adhere to COVID-appropriate behaviour during the upcoming Christmas-New Year festive season in view of an increase in JN.1 sub-variant cases in some parts of the country.

Health Minister Lalrinpuii said that although no case of the JN.1 sub-variant has been reported in the northeastern state and there is nothing to panic about, adherence to COVID-appropriate behaviour by every individual is of utmost importance.

Although Mizoram overcame the COVID pandemic in the past, the virus continued to exist in different parts of the globe, she said.

The northeastern state was severely affected in previous waves of the pandemic.

Dec 23, 2023 6:32 PM IST

"No need to panic, need to remain alert": AIIMS on new COVID subvariant JN.1

"People are getting infected by the new sub-variant of COVID-JN.1 in many states of the country. The symptoms of the patients are mild. Therefore, there is no need to panic but the need to remain alert," doctor Neeraj Nischal said.

Doctor Nischal, who is an Additional Professor in the Department of Medicine at AIIMS Delhi, said, "We have been saying this type of ripple will keep on happening. Even during the first and second waves, we predicted that this virus would mutate further and the stage would come where it would become more infectious but at the same time cause less mortality or morbidity."

"So this is, you can say, a fight between the viruses in human beings who are also trying to survive. People are becoming infected but at the same time, it's not causing the problem that its predecessors, like the delta variant, caused," said the doctor.

Dec 23, 2023 5:46 PM IST

Assam health department gears up to combat new COVID subvariant JN.1

The Assam Health Department has directed all hospitals in the state to make arrangements to fight against COVID after the detection of many cases of the new COVID subvariant JN.1.

Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta told ANI that "we are fully prepared to fight against COVID. We have directed all hospitals to make preparedness and arrangements to fight against COVID."

"After the meeting with the Union Health Minister, we alerted all hospitals. We have completed the preparations for the treatment of the COVID patient. Now we are 100 per cent prepared to fight COVID. One patient who came from abroad was detected as COVID-positive. Our government has given all support to the patient free of charge, and we have put the patient under observation," Keshab Mahanta said.

Dec 23, 2023 5:03 PM IST

Jharkhand prepared for any spurt in COVID-19 cases: Official

Jharkhand is prepared to deal with any spurt in COVID-19 cases, although the situation is presently under control, a health official said on Saturday.

No fresh coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since December 18, when two infections were detected in a Jamshedpur hospital, the official said.

"In view of a rising number of coronavirus cases in some states, the Jharkhand health department has already conducted mock drills of functioning of oxygen plants and reviewed the number of beds available with oxygen support, non-oxygen support and those in the ICU as per directions of the Centre," Alok Trivedi, National Health Mission (NHM) Director in the state, told PTI.

Dec 23, 2023 3:27 PM IST

Evidence of brain injury present even months after acute Covid infection, study finds

Markers of brain injury developed due to COVID-19 were found in patients even months after the infection and despite blood tests measuring inflammation returning normal results, according to a new research.

Researchers from universities in the UK explained that during the acute phase of the viral infection, when symptoms develop quickly, key inflammatory proteins and brain injury markers are produced.

They analysed over 800 hospitalised patients' samples from across England and Wales.

Surprisingly, even months after being discharged from the hospital, there is on-going robust biomarker evidence of brain injury developed due to COVID-19, the researchers said in their study published in a journal, Nature Communications.

Dec 23, 2023 2:21 PM IST

What is the Covid-19 cases tally in India currently?

India saw a single-day rise of 752 coronavirus infections, the highest since May 21, 2023, while the active cases have increased to 3,420, according to Union health ministry data updated on Saturday.

The death toll was recorded at 5,33,332 with four new deaths -- two from Kerala, one each in Rajasthan and Karnataka -- reported in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am stated.

The country's Covid case tally stood at 4.50 crore (4,50,07,964).

Dec 23, 2023 1:35 PM IST

Covid-19 Task Force in Maharashtra to study JN.1 threats

Amid a surge in cases in the state and reports of a new sub-variant of Covid-19 called the JN.1 strain detected in Maharashtra, Kerala and a few other parts of the country, the Maharashtra government will constitute a Covid-19 task force to study new threats emerging from the new sub-variant of the Covid virus, said health minister Tanaji Sawant. Read more

Dec 23, 2023 12:17 PM IST

Karnataka Covid cases jump 225% in 24 hours

Karnataka's fresh COVID-19 infections surged by over 225 per cent on Friday to 78 cases, compared to 24 cases registered the day before. The state reported one more death, which took the total death count in the state to 40,321. Karnataka was the second state after Kerala to contribute the most number of cases in the country. Read more

Dec 23, 2023 11:25 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: Multifold jump in cases recorded

  1. 423 cases were reported, of which 266 were from Kerala and 70 from neighbouring Karnataka.
  2. Two deaths were reported in Kerala.
  3. The number of new COVID cases increased by 52% during the past four-odd weeks
  4. Current vaccines continue to protect against severe disease and death from JN.1 and other circulating variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, it noted.
Dec 23, 2023 10:26 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: 752 new cases recorded in country with 4 fatalities

In a new single-day rise since May 21, India logged 752 cases of Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours. The active cases have increased to 3,420, according to Union health ministry data updated on Saturday.

Dec 23, 2023 10:00 AM IST

JN.1 variant accounts for 39%-50% cases in US

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the subvariant JN.1 accounts for 39% to 50% of cases in the country as of today.

Dec 23, 2023 9:38 AM IST

What WHO says about rising Covid cases

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the number of new Covid-19 cases increased by 52% in the last four weeks.

The number of new deaths decreased by 8 per cent as compared to the previous 28-day period, with over 3,000 new fatalities reported, the WHO said in its latest press release.

Dec 23, 2023 8:56 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: 3, including 6-month-old baby, test Covid positive in West Bengal

Three persons including a six-month-old baby tested positive for COVID-19 in West Bengal, officials said on Friday. However, it was yet to be ascertained whether the trio were infected by the new JN.1 strain of COVID-19, they said.

The child, a resident of neighbouring Bihar, is undergoing treatment at the Medical College and Hospital Kolkata (MCHK) while the other two are admitted at two separate private hospitals, they said. "These were suffering from high fever, cough and cold. and underwent RT-PCR and tested positive for COVID-19," the officer of the private hospital said.

(With PTI inputs)

Dec 23, 2023 8:28 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: Karnataka health minister asks people to wear masks

Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao on Friday urged the people to wear masks in crowded places in the wake of the threat of a fresh wave of Covid-19.

Addressing reporters here after a review meeting, he also said there is no cause for panic, but people should be cautious. No restrictions will be imposed and wearing of masks will not be made compulsory for the time being, he said.

Dec 23, 2023 7:34 AM IST

India sees 22 cases; Centre order genome sequencing

India has reported a total of 22 cases of Covid-19 subvariant JN.1 so far, forcing health departments to take necessary precautions to prevent the virus from spreading. However, according to officials, there have been no reports of clustering of cases till now, and all the cases of the JN.1 subvariant have mild symptoms. Read more

Dec 23, 2023 7:01 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: Andhra Pradesh CM says no need to panic

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday said there is no need to worry about the JN.1 strain of coronavirus, which is said to be the cause of a spike in cases across India. "Alert the village and ward secretariat system, and the village clinic system for preventive steps. Village clinic staff should be made aware of the steps that need to be taken against the new variant," he said at a presser.

Dec 23, 2023 6:43 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: 9 cases recorded in Telangana

Nine new COVID-19 cases on Friday, eight of them in Hyderabad, were reported in Telangana. The total number of cases under treatment/ isolation stood at 27, a Health department bulletin said. A total of 1,245 samples were tested on Friday and reports were pending for 68.

Dec 23, 2023 6:29 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: Second case reported in Gurugram

A second case of Covid-19 was reported in Gurugram making the health department in the NCR swing into action. All adequate arrangements have been made by the health department to check the spread of the disease, a health official said.

A 42-year-old woman was tested Covid-positive on Friday, the health official said.

Dec 23, 2023 6:21 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: Rajasthan reports 6 new cases

Six new cases of Covid-19 infection were reported in Rajasthan along with one related death. According to a statement, a state-level team has been constituted for the prevention and control of Covid-19 infection. The samples of 683 patients were taken for testing on Friday.

Dec 23, 2023 6:14 AM IST

Covid India cases Live: Kerala health minister says ‘nothing to worry about’

Kerala is among the most hit states with the JN.1 sub-variant of Covid-19. According to the last updated data by the Union government, Kerala reported 265 fresh COVID-19 infections and one death.

However, Kerala health minister Veena George said there is “nothing to worry about” and everything is "under control."

"There is nothing to worry about. We have found a slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. A state-level meeting and a ministerial-level meeting were held. We decided to start genomic sequencing back in November," she said.

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