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Updated December 25th, 2023 at 20:34 IST

Karnataka reports 34 JN.1 variant cases, govt to chair committee meeting on Dec 26

Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao said that as many as 34 COVID-19 patients have tested positive for the JN.1 variant.

Reported by: Prajwal Prasad
Karnataka
The total number of active cases in Karnataka stands at 344. | Image:PTI
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Genome sequencing conducted by Karnataka's health department on Sunday in the wake of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the state has detected the omicron virus substrain JN.1.

Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao said that as many as 34 COVID-19 patients have tested positive for the JN.1 variant. 

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"It was earlier expected that the JN.1 virus may be present in the state.  But it is only in genome sequencing that we find it clear. So we sent it for genome sequencing. Now the report has come and 34 JN.1 cases have been detected in the state," Rao said while speaking to Republic. 

Notably, the Cabinet sub-committee will meet on December 26 to discuss on the recommendations made by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on further measures to be taken to manage COVID-19 situation in the state. While he said that no restrictions will be imposed, the Minister cautioned the people against the spreading virus and advised to take precautions. 

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"There are no restrictions as of now (on New Year celebration and other activities), I feel that there is no such situation. Nowhere in the country or world there is any restriction, despite JN.1 subvariant prevalent everywhere. There are no such guidelines from the central government or the World Health Organisation," Rao said.

On Sunday, Karnataka reported 106 fresh COVID-19 patients after 1,441 tests. Bengaluru alone reported 95 fresh cases and the total number of active cases in the state to 344.

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Published December 25th, 2023 at 20:34 IST

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