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We expect more JN.1 COVID cases as transmissibility is high: Kerala Health Minister

Individuals carrying face masks as a precautionary measure after circumstances JN.1, COVID-19 sub-variant, detected in India. PTI.

Kerala can count on to see extra JN.1 COVID-19 circumstances as transmissibility of this variant is extra, mentioned state’s well being minister Veena George on Friday.

She additionally mentioned the scenario at the moment is “totally under control”.

Speaking to media on the present COVID-19 scenario in Kerala, George mentioned, “We have found a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. There is nothing to worry about.”

Within the final 24 hours, India logged 328 new circumstances of COVID-19 of which Kerala alone reported 265 recent infections and one demise because of the respiratory sickness.

Why COVID-19 circumstances might rise in Kerala?

George mentioned Kerala is anticipated to see extra circumstances of COVID-19 as airport surveillance completed in Singapore Airport reveals that 19 passengers from India, not solely Kerala however completely different components, had been discovered with JN.1.

“We have plan A, B, C ready. There is nothing to worry about. The transmissibility of this variant is more but the severity is less,” she added.

COVID-19 exams excessive in Kerala

The minister mentioned a pattern of a 79-year-old girl which was despatched for genome sequencing on 18 November was discovered to be of JN.1. She was in dwelling isolation and now she is alright.

“We have been sending samples from 1 November onwards. Our number of tests is high so naturally, we find more positive cases. However, there has been no increase in ICU occupancy, ventilator occupancy or isolation bed occupancy. Those who died had severe comorbidities; one person had cancer and the other patient had chronic kidney disease, and heart disease. No one had COVID complications,” she added.

The JN.1 sub-variant of COVID-19 has been categorised as a “variant of interest” by the World Well being Group, or WHO, and isn’t of concern but. A number of Indian states have reported circumstances of the pressure.

JN.1 is a brand new sub-lineage of BA.2.86, an offshoot of the omicron variant and is claimed to have extra mutations within the spike protein.

This variant has enhanced immune-evasion properties for which it’s spreading quickly, however there aren’t any new or extreme signs.

JN.1 was first detected in Denmark and Israel in late July 2023. In India, as per consultants, the variant has been circulating most likely since November.

With inputs from companies

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