New Delhi. Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj said on Wednesday that the first case of JN.1, a variant of Covid-19, has been reported in Delhi. According to an official, three samples were sent for genome sequencing, and one of them confirmed the JN.1 variant, while the remaining two revealed the presence of Omicron.
Confirming the first case of JN.1 variant, Bhardwaj said, ‘JN.1 is a sub-form of Omicron and causes mild infection. It is spreading in South India. There is no need to panic. It causes mild infection. An official said that with the arrival of 9 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, there are more than 35 patients under treatment in Delhi.
He said that a 28-year-old man suffering from co-morbidities died, the primary reason being covid was not. The officer said, ‘The person was not from Delhi and was recently sent to a private hospital. He had many other diseases and was diagnosed with Covid. The person’s sample has been sent for genome sequencing and the report is awaited.
The official said the man was suffering from ‘Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome’ and his condition was extremely critical. He said, ‘Covid was confirmed in the test and mostly it has been seen that when patients are in the last stages of the disease, they are referred to Delhi.’
Meanwhile, two more cases of Covid-19 were reported in Gurugram on Wednesday, taking the total number of cases under treatment to 10. In view of JN.1 variant cases in many parts of the country, officials have instructed all hospitals to be on alert. JN.1 cases have not been confirmed in Gurugram yet. District Magistrate Nishant Kumar Yadav has asked all hospitals of Gurugram to set up separate ‘isolation wards’ especially for patients with Covid symptoms.
As per the orders, these wards should be equipped with necessary medical infrastructure including isolation beds and oxygen facilities to provide comprehensive care. Official sources said on Wednesday that 40 new cases of JN.1 subform of corona virus have been reported in the country and with this the cases of this form of infection have increased to 109. 36 cases were reported in Gujarat, 34 in Karnataka, 14 in Goa, 9 in Maharashtra, 6 in Kerala, 4 each in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu and 2 in Telangana. He told that most of the patients are currently in isolation at home.
The Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 529 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in India in the last 24 hours and the number of patients under treatment was 4,093. According to the data updated by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare till 8 am on Wednesday, three people have died due to corona virus infection in the last 24 hours.
There has been a rise in cases of infection in recent times due to cold and the new form of corona virus. Earlier, by December 5, the number of daily cases had come down to double digits. The official said that several samples were sent for genome sequencing and infection with the JN.1 subtype was confirmed in one of them.
The Health Ministry said on Wednesday that 529 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in India and the number of patients under treatment was 4,093. According to the data updated by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare till 8 am on Wednesday, two patients have died in Karnataka and one in Gujarat due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. There has been a rise in cases of infection in recent times due to cold and the new form of corona virus.
On the other hand, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, has decided to start an out-patient department (OPD) facility for testing Covid-19 in the emergency department, while critical cases will be kept in a ward (C6) of the hospital. 12 beds will be reserved for sick patients.
According to a memorandum issued on Wednesday, an OPD will be set up in the emergency department so that patients can be screened for Covid-like symptoms and tested based on medical necessity.
A meeting was held under the chairmanship of AIIMS-Delhi Director M Srinivas on Wednesday to discuss various measures for patients seriously infected with Covid-19. AIIMS-Delhi has further decided that patients with SARI-like (severe acute respiratory infection) symptoms will be screened. The memorandum said that 12 beds in C6 ward will be kept for critically ill Covid-19 patients.
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FIRST PUBLISHED: December 28, 2023, 24:54 IST