“Delhi reports the first case of JN.1, a Sub-Variant of Omicron.Out of the 3 samples sent for Genome Sequencing, one is JN.1 & two are Omicron: Delhi’s Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj to ANI,” the news agency has tweeted on X (formerly Twitter).
This increases the number of COVID cases in the country caused by the JN.1 variant. A total of 109 COVID cases due to JN.1 subvariant have already been detected in the country. Thirty-six cases were detected from Gujarat, 34 from Karnataka, 14 from Goa, nine from Maharashtra, six from Kerala, four each from Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, and two from Telangana, reports have said. Three new fatalities — two from Karnataka and one from Gujarat — were also reported on Wednesday morning.Multiple comorbidites
“The man was not from Delhi and was referred to a private hospital recently. He had multiple comorbidities and the Covid finding was incidental. The sample of the man has been sent for genome sequencing and a report is awaited,” he added. The official said multiple samples were sent for genome sequencing, and one of them tested positive for the JN.1 variant.
India recorded 529 fresh COVID-19 cases in a single day, while the country’s active infection count stood at 4,093, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
JN.1 variant is spreading faster; accounts for 50% of cases in the US
JN.1 variant which was first detected in Luxembourg in August has been spreading faster across countries. In the US it has already dominated over other variants of COVID and is responsible for 50% of the cases; in some places more than 50% of the COVID cases are due to JN.1 variant.
COVID variant JN.1 has minimum symptoms
Classic symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other common signs are fatigue, body aches, and loss of taste or smell. Individuals may experience respiratory symptoms such as sore throat and difficulty breathing. Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea can also occur. Symptoms typically appear 2-14 days after exposure. It’s important to note that COVID-19 manifestations can range from mild to severe, and some individuals may remain asymptomatic. If experiencing symptoms or suspecting exposure, seeking medical advice, testing, and following public health guidelines is essential.
(With inputs from ANI)