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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 23:56 IST

Travelling to Bihar? Brace for random JN.1 Covid testing at Patna, Gaya and Darbhanga airports

Two cases of the JN.1 variant have been detected in the state so far, said Additional Chief Secretary of Health, Pratyay Amrit.

Tanisha Rajput
Medical professionals have been asked to test all patients who complain of cold, cough and breathing issues.
Medical professionals have been asked to test all patients who complain of cold, cough and breathing issues. | Image:PTI
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Patna: Amid a rise in Coronavirus's sub-variant JN.1 case in India, Bihar's Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a briefed-high-level meeting with the state's top officials and instructed them to increase COVID-19 RT-PCR testing with random testing of arrivals at Patna, Gaya and Darbhanga airports.

Kumar said, "All people visiting the hospital should now wear masks." However, the CM added that there is no need to panic as of now.

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A press release issued by the Patna district administration read, "Special teams to test passengers have been deputed at Patna railway station and airport. At Patna railway station, three teams will work in three shifts while at the airport, two teams will work in two shifts."

Officials have also been told to hold random tests at railway stations, shopping malls other public places have been directed to hold random testing.

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Medical professionals have been asked to test all patients who complain of cold, cough and breathing issues.

Two cases of the JN.1 variant have been detected in the state so far, said Additional Chief Secretary of Health, Pratyay Amrit.

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Assuring of no danger, deputy chief minister-cum-health minister Tejaswi Yadav on Thursday said, "Covid situation is normal in Bihar. We are fully prepared to deal with it and there is no need to worry. We are monitoring reports regularly."

This development comes days as India continues to witness a surge in the Coronavirus sub-variant JN.1 cases. On Saturday, December 23, the active tally is 3,240 cases. At least four deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours-- two from Kerala and one each from Karnataka and Rajasthan respectively. 

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 11:17 IST

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