Maharashtra Reports First JN.1 Variant Case in Sindhudurg District
Maharashtra’s State Health Department announced today that the State has reported the first case of JN.1 variant of COVID-19 patients in the Sindhudurg district. According to the State Health Department, a 41-year-old male resident of Sindudurg has been diagnosed with the JN.1 variant.
The new COVID-19 strain, JN.1, has been classified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a separate “variant of interest” given its rapidly increasing spread, but said it poses a “low” global public health risk.
As per the statement, Maharashtra has stepped up surveillance and directed district health authorities to evaluate hospital readiness. The mock drill was conducted from the 15th to the 17th of September in 1,264 hospitals, including government and private medical colleges.
The State Health Department also said that district health officers, civil surgeons and medical health officers have been instructed towards regular surveillance of COVID-19/ influenza cases. Isolation wards have been established in government hospitals, and mandatory medical audits of influenza deaths have been advised.
As per Maharashtra Health Department data, 11 new cases were detected today in the State, and there are 35 active cases. As per the note, from the last week of November, Maharashtra experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases. The State recorded 10 new cases from the 22nd to the 28th of November, with the number of cases rising to 36 in the week of the 13th to the 19th of December.