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COVID in India, Kerala Reports Majority; WHO Monitors JN.1 Variant

Over the last 24 hours, India has seen a large increase in new COVID-19 cases, with Kerala reporting the majority of infections.

India experienced a significant surge in new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with Kerala reporting most infections. 

Of 423 cases, 266 were from Kerala, and neighboring Karnataka contributed 70 cases. 

The Union health ministry data indicated an increase in daily cases, raising concerns about the ongoing pandemic situation in certain regions.

Two Deaths Reported in Kerala; Active Cases Total 3,420:

Two deaths were reported in Kerala, highlighting the impact of the rising cases in the state. The total number of active COVID-19 cases in the country stood at 3,420. 

The increasing numbers underscore the need for continued vigilance and public health measures to curb the spread of the virus.

WHO Classifies JN.1 Variant as a Variant of Interest:

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified the JN.1 variant as an interesting variant distinct from its parent lineage BA.2.86. 

While acknowledging the rise in new COVID-19 cases globally, the WHO emphasized that the overall risk posed by JN.1 remains low based on current evidence. 

The variant’s classification underscores the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of emerging strains.

Global COVID-19 Situation According to WHO:

The WHO provided an overview of the global COVID-19 situation, reporting over 772 million confirmed cases and nearly seven million deaths worldwide since the onset of the pandemic. 

The organization noted a 52% increase in new cases over the past four weeks, with over 850,000 cases reported. Despite the rise, new deaths decreased by 8% compared to the previous 28-day period.

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