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Updated December 28th, 2023 at 16:13 IST

BREAKING: As COVID spikes, Delhi orders mandatory tests for JN.1 variant

Bharadwaj had on Wednesday confirmed Delhi's first case of JN. 1 variant.

Manisha Roy
AP
Delhi reported its first case of JN. 1 variant on Wednesday | Image:AP
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New Delhi: The Delhi government has ordered genome sequencing of all positive cases to ascertain if the cases are linked to new COVID variant JN.1, Health Minister Saurabh Bharadwaj said on Thursday. The health department has scaled up testing with 636 samples being tested on Wednesday, Bharadwaj said. Bharadwaj had on Wednesday confirmed Delhi's first case of JN. 1 variant.

"I have reiterated the directions for genome sequencing of all the positive cases, so that the number of cases of new variants can be confirmed. Yesterday, three variants were confirmed, of which two were of the old Omicron variant and the new one is JN.1 variant. The good thing is that the patient diagnosed with the new variant, who was hospitalised, has been discharged," Bharadwaj told PTI.

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The minister said that four patients are currently in hospital in Delhi. He also urged people who have been unwell for a long time to avoid crowded places. He said that the 52-year-old woman, who was hospitalised after being diagnosed with the JN.1 variant, has been discharged. "She did not have any severe issues," he added.

Bharadwaj said directions have been issued to run awareness campaigns on bus stops and other areas.

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(With PTI inputs)

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Published December 28th, 2023 at 12:46 IST

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