In India, the JN.1 variant was first reported in Kerala. On December 8, a 79-year-old woman from Kerala was found infected with the new variant. Former top ICMR official Dr Samiran Panda said, it may spread rapidly, but it is not likely to lead to serious illness.
In the last two weeks, the JN.1 variant infection has spread to 11 states of the country. Goa is the most affected in 15 days. So far 19 patients have been found infected here. JN.1 has also been found infected in Gujarat, Puducherry, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Cases of the JN.1 variant have also been found in Punjab, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. Doctors believe that despite the harsh cold, large-scale mass events take place in December-January. There is no physical distance between people during Christmas and New Year celebrations. Following basic protocols like social distancing is challenging. Due to this, the virus gets a chance to spread easily.
How many cases of the JN.1 variant are in the state of India?
Even though the JN.1 variant is not more dangerous in terms of the severity of the disease, it is very important to be cautious about it. In case the body’s immunity is weak or is already suffering from some other serious disease, infection with the JN.1 can make the body weaker.
Which five states are most affected?
As of 8 am on December 22, more than 4.44 crore cases have been reported across the country. More than 5.33 lakh people have died so far. Corona vaccine has been administered to 2.20 billion people so far for protection. So far, 26 cases of the JN.1 variant have been reported since December 8. From this
The five most affected states among the 11 affected states:
Goa – 19
Rajasthan – 04
Delhi – 01
Kerala – 01
Maharashtra – 01
JN.1 variant is quite different from the old variant
The JN.1 strain of covid 19 coronavirus is derived from the previously reported variant BA 2.86. BA 2.86 is part of the Omicron variant family of Corona. Omicron is a highly infectious variant due to which a large number of people across the world fell victim to Corona last year. According to doctors, every virus has its own ‘spike protein’. Due to this, infection spreads in the cells and some symptoms of disease start appearing in the body.
Changes in the DNA sequence of the spike protein are called mutations in virology or medical science. Based on this change, a new variant of a virus is detected. How serious is the variant? What symptoms of infection have started appearing due to this? Differences between variants are also detected in these parameters. According to Al Jazeera’s report, LA Radad, associated with research at WC Medicine in Qatar, said that the JN.1 variant is quite different from the older variants and its genetic details are quite different from those of Omicron and other variants.