A total of 196 cases of Covid-19 sub-variant JN.1 have been detected in the country so far, according to the INSACOG`s data updated on Monday.
Ten states and Union territories have so far detected the presence of the JN.1 sub-variant of the virus. Odisha is the new state to join the list of states that have detected the presence of the variant, newswire PTI reported.
These states are Kerala (83), Goa (51), Gujarat (34), Karnataka (eight), Maharashtra (seven), Rajasthan (five), Tamil Nadu (four), Telangana (two) Odisha (one) and Delhi (one), according to the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG).
The INSACOG`s data showed 179 Covid cases recorded in the country in December had the presence of JN.1, while 17 such cases were detected in November.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified JN.1 as a separate “variant of interest” given its rapidly-increasing spread, but said it poses a “low” global public health risk.
The JN.1 sub-variant of the coronavirus was previously classified as a variant of interest (VOI) as part of the BA.2.86 sub-lineages, the parent lineage that is classified as a VOI, the world body said.
However, in recent weeks, JN.1 cases continued to be reported from multiple countries and its prevalence has rapidly increased globally.
The Centre has asked the states and Union territories to maintain a constant vigil amid an uptick in the number of Covid cases and the detection of the JN.1 sub-variant in the country.
India has recorded 636 new cases of Covid-19, while the number of active cases of the infection have increased to 4,394, the health ministry said on Monday.
Three new fatalities due to Covid– two from Kerala and one from Tamil Nadu — have been reported in a span of 24 hours, according to the ministry`s data updated at 8 am.
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The number of daily cases had dropped to double-digits till December 5 last year, but cases have again gone up after emergence of a new variant and cold weather conditions.
The daily numbers were in lakhs at the peak of the pandemic, which began in early 2020 and has seen more than 4.5 crore people getting infected and over 5.3 lakh deaths in about four years since then across the country.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease stands at over 4.4 crore with a national recovery rate of 98.81 per cent, according to the ministry`s website.
According to the website, 220.67 crore doses of Covid vaccines have so far been administered in the country. (With inputs from PTI)