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WHO classifies COVID-19JN.1 strain as variant of interest amid surge in cases in China, US, Singapore

The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the JN.1 coronavirus strain as a “variant of interest” amid a surge in cases since the discovery of the fresh variant. According to a Reuters report, the UN body said existing evidence showed the threat to public health from the strain was low.

Reuters cited two experts as saying the strain may evade the immune system and transmit more easily than other variants currently circulating, however, the JN.1 variant has shown no signs of more severe disease. Has shown.

This strain was previously classified as a variant of interest as part of its parent lineage BA.2.86, but WHO has now classified it as a separate variant of interest. It said existing vaccines will continue to protect against severe disease and death caused by JN.1 and other circulating COVID-19 virus variants.

According to the CDC, ZN.1 was first detected in the United States in September, Reuters reported. Last week, seven infections of this strain were found in China.

WHO had earlier said that the virus is evolving and changing. The global body shared a video of its COVID-19 technical lead, Maria Van Kerkhove, who explained the cause of the recent surge and what precautions can be taken.

WHO shared a video saying, “Dr. @mvankerkhove talks about the current increase in respiratory diseases #COVID19 and the JN.1 subvariant. WHO continues to assess the situation. Help your families during this holiday season And follow WHO’s public health advice to keep friends safe.” On X, formerly on Twitter.

Recently a case of the sub-variant was also found in Kerala, leading to action by authorities in the state and neighboring Karnataka. Amid Covid scare, masks have been made mandatory for people above 60 years of age in Karnataka.

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