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Updated December 22nd, 2023 at 16:28 IST

Maharashtra on ALERT after first JN.1 COVID case detected in Sindhudurg | Check details

This incident marks a new phase in the state's battle against the COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1.

Isha Bhandari
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328 fresh Covid cases takes India's caseload to near 3,000, Kerala tops with 265 infections | Image:PTI/File
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Maharashtra reported its inaugural case of the COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1 on Wednesday from SindhudurgThe patient, who had recently traveled from Goa, displayed a successful recovery without encountering any complications. This incident marks a new phase in the state's battle against the COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1, emphasizing the importance of monitoring emerging variants.

Despite the successful recovery, concerns loom as daily testing in Maharashtra hovers around 500 per day. The state health department has issued directives to districts, urging an escalation in daily testing to brace for a potential surge in the daily Covid-19 caseload.

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Published December 22nd, 2023 at 16:28 IST

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