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COVID: Active cases surpass 4,100, 63 JN.1 cases in India so far

At least 63 cases of the new variant JN.1 have been detected in India, with the highest 34 in Goa, said Union government.

Besides Goa, 9 cases have been detected in Maharashtra, 8 in Karnataka, 6 in Kerala, 4 in Tamil Nadu, and 2 from Telangana.

Active coronavirus cases in India crossed the 4,100 mark on Tuesday with an increase of 628 new COVID-19 cases in a single day.

Amid a surge in COVID-19 cases in India and the detection of a subvariant JN.1, India SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) chief Dr NK Arora said that no additional dose of vaccine is needed against the subvariant at present.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently designated JN.1 as a variant of interest, differentiating it from its parent lineage BA.2.86. Despite its swift dissemination, the global health organization has underscored that the overall risk associated with JN.1 is currently considered low based on available evidence.

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