NEW DELHI: With the global resurgence of COVID-19 drawing attention to India’s increasing cases, the Health Ministry has taken proactive measures in response to the emergence of the JN.1 sub-variant. Union Health Minister Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya led a significant meeting on Wednesday, bringing together representatives from all states and Union territories to assess the preparedness of healthcare facilities in dealing with the rising respiratory illnesses, including influenza-like illness and Severe Acute Respiratory Diseases, with a specific focus on combating COVID-19.
As of December 20, India has reported 341 new active COVID-19 cases, prompting several states to issue advisories urging citizens to adhere to precautionary measures such as wearing masks in light of the escalating case numbers.
The symptoms of the JN.1 variant of COVID-19 are currently unknown, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, reports suggest that COVID-19 symptoms typically manifest similarly across all variants. It is important to note that the severity of symptoms is often influenced by an individual’s immunity and overall health rather than the specific variant causing the infection.
The Health Ministry’s proactive approach highlights the nation’s commitment to preemptively address the growing challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic.