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971 cases of Covid sub-variant JN.1 reported from 16 states

New Delhi: Covid-19 sub-variant JN.1 has spread to 16 states with a total of 971 cases of the infection reported till January 11, official sources said.
According to sources, Maharashtra has reported a maximum of 250 cases of JN.1 sub-variant of Covid-19, followed by Karnataka with 199 cases of the infection.
Similarly, 155 cases of the infection were reported in Kerala, and 94 in Andhra Pradesh. 80 cases have been reported in Gujarat, 49 in Goa, 30 in Rajasthan, 26 each in Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
Meanwhile, 25 cases of JN.1 sub-variant have been reported in Chhattisgarh, 22 in Delhi, 8 in West Bengal, 3 in Odisha, 2 in Haryana, and one each in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, they claimed.
These samples were collected between November 10 and January 8, 2024, they said.
1452 samples were sent for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in December 2023 while 1026 samples have been sent in January 2024 till date, as per the data.
Sources further said that the majority of the cases were of home-isolation.
JN.1 is a Variant of Interest (VOI) that is under intense scientific scrutiny.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified JN.1 as a variant of interest, distinct from its parent lineage BA.2.86. However, the global health body emphasized that the overall risk posed by JN.1 remains low based on current evidence.
Both the central and state governments are keeping a close watch on the new Omicron sub-variant JN.1.
Several countries, including China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, have reported upticks in new coronavirus cases. The JN.1 strain, first detected in September in the United States, is a descendant of BA.2.86, a highly mutated variant of the Omicron strain of COVID-19.

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