The official guidelines against COVID come at the same time when Delhi reports its first case of JN.1 variant, which is a rapidly spreading variant of the COVID causing coronavirus.A meeting was by the AIIMS Delhi Director with all heads of departments of the hospital on COVID-19 contingency measures on Wednesday. In the meeting, policy on COVID-19 testing, the areas to be designated for positive patients and their hospitalisation was discussed, news agency ANI reported.”Delhi has reported the first case of JN.1, a Sub-Variant of Omicron. Out of the 3 samples sent for Genome Sequencing, one is JN.1 and the other two are Omicron,” Bharadwaj told ANI.
Symptoms to be careful about
As per the guidelines released by AIIMS, patients with symptoms like acute respiratory infection, persistent fever or fever of >= 38 C° with cough and onset within last 10 days will tested for COVID.
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 emphasised that the overall risk posed by JN.1 remains low based on current evidence.
COVID variant JN.1 has minimum symptoms
India reported the first case of JN.1 variant on December 8 in Kerala; the variant currently accounts for 50% of the COVID cases in the US and is spreading faster.
More than 100 cases of COVID due to JN.1 variant have already been reported in the country. Given the festive season and celebration time, health experts have warned to take care and pay attention the symptoms of the infection and get tested to stop the spread of the infection.