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Updated December 30th, 2023 at 20:57 IST

32 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Greater Mumbai Area

According to the Public Health Department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, this brings the total number of positive patients to 208.

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32 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Greater Mumbai Area | Image:PTI
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Mumbai: On Saturday, the health department reported that 32 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Greater Mumbai Area.

According to the Public Health Department of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, this brings the total number of positive patients to 208.

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Three of the new cases were admitted to the hospital today (Saturday), bringing the total number of patients there to 22. According to the Public Health Department, 14 of the 4,215 beds that are available are currently occupied.

Additionally, according to the Public Health Department, 18 patients made a full recovery and were released on Saturday, bringing the total number of recoveries for December to 60.

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There are 148 active cases in total, and the JN.1 variant has not been found. According to the health department, 51% of these cases are asymptomatic, and the symptomatic cases only show minor symptoms before they go better in a few days.

On Saturday, there were no reported COVID-19-related deaths. According to the health department, 570 tests were performed on Saturday, bringing the progressive total to 4,402 tests.

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Meanwhile, India recorded 743 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The total active caseload increased by seven, reaching 3,997, according to the Union Health Ministry.

As per official data, seven deaths have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours: three in Kerala, two in Karnataka, and one each in Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu.

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With this, the total count of coronavirus cases in India since its outbreak in January 2020 has reached 4,50,12,484, with an increase of 743 cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll due to COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 55,33,358, reflecting an increase of seven deaths in the last 24 hours.

41,797 tests were done on December 29, as per the official report by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
India reported a total of 145 cases of COVID-19 subvariant JN.1 till December 28.

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"A total of 145 cases of JN.1 variant have been reported till December 28. These samples were collected between November 21 and December 18, 2023," official sources told ANI.

Notably, the JN.1 sub-variant is a descendant of the Omicron subvariant known as BA.2.86 or Pirola. The first case of the JN.1 variant of COVID-19 was reported in Kerala.

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classified JN.1 as a variant of interest, distinct from its parent lineage, BA.2.86. However, the global health body emphasised that the overall risk posed by JN.1 remains low based on current evidence.

Ahead of the New Year, both the central and state governments are keeping a close watch on the new Omicron Subvariant JN.1.

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JN.1 is a Variant of Interest (VOI) that is under intense scientific scrutiny. As of December 16, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reported 7,344 cases of the COVID-19 JN.1 subvariant from 41 countries. (With inputs from ANI) 

 

 

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Published December 30th, 2023 at 20:57 IST

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