Delhi recently witnessed the first case of the JN.1 sub-variant of COVID-19. This comes after new cases of the variant in India are being reported almost every day. Yesterday, nine new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the national capital. Viewing the rising number of cases, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences or AIIMS has issued some guidelines that citizens should keep in mind. Here are all of the important details that you would need to know about this situation.
Delhi: 1st Case Of COVID-19’s JN.1 Sub-Variant Reported
Delhi reports first case of Covid sub-variant JN.1, says health minister Saurabh Bharadwaj
— Gaurav Verma (@gauravverma935) December 27, 2023
The first case of JN.1 sub-variant was reported in the national capital on December 27, 2023. According to an article which was recently published by livemint, three samples were sent for genome sequencing out of which one was JN.1 and the other two were Omicron. It also went on to mention that nine new cases were reported in Delhi yesterday.
#Delhi reports the first case of JN.1, Sub-Variant of #Omicron. Out of the 3 samples sent for Genome Sequencing, one is JN.1. There is no need to panic: PTI#Corona #COVID#JN1Variant #JN1 #JN1Corona https://t.co/NACmFzWvVY
— GK Singh (@GKSingh04) December 27, 2023
This brought up the count of active cases in the national capital to a total of 35. Officials also reported that a man, who was 28 years old, ended up dying owing to comorbidities. It is important to note here that the primary cause of his death was not COVID-19. Samples have been sent for genome sequencing, however.
Given the increasingly serious situation, regular tests are being conducted in the city. As per the Delhi minister, around 400 tests are being carried out in the city every day and the positivity rate is one per cent. He also mentioned that though the JN.1 sub-variant is not deadly, it is important to exercise caution and safety regardless.
AIIMS Issues The Following Guidelines As A Precaution
— Abdul Tousif (@AbdulTousif11) December 27, 2023
AIIMS in Delhi, owing to the rising COVID-19 cases, has recently issued a few guidelines for people in the national capital. According to an article which was recently published by DNA India, the guidelines said that COVID-19 testing would be done for patients exhibiting symptoms similar to SARI. SARI stands for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection.
These include respiratory infections, persistent fever and cough, and more. It has also mandated that all AIIMS departments must have a dedicated space for COVID-19 patients. The C6 ward will have 12 beds for them. The article also mentioned that rooms one to 12 in the new private ward will also be dedicated to COVID-19-positive beneficiaries under the EHS or the Employees Health Scheme.
The Emergency Department will have a screening OPD set up which will screen patients for COVID-19 based on their needs. Air Purifying filters, too, will be installed.
Are you taking all the necessary precautions against this new sub-variant of COVID-19? Let us know in the comments section below!
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