Guidelines Issued by AIIMS To Prevent Spread of JN.1 Variant in Delhi

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Guidelines Issued by AIIMS to Prevent Spread of JN.1 Variant in Delhi

After the Southern part, the cases of the new variant of COVID-19 start to surge in the national capital of India. In the wake of the festive season, the All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi has issued guidelines and requested the public to take care of themselves. This guideline has been issued for those people who are confirmed or suspected to have Corona. This initiative is an attempt to prevent the spread of JN.1 among the people. According to AIIMS, these guidelines might help to prevent the rising cases of JN.1. Scroll down to know more. 

It is worth noting that India has reported a total of 109 JN.1 variant cases across the nation as of Tuesday, 26th December 2023. According to the data shared by the Health Ministry, 36 cases were reported from the state of Gujarat, 14 cases from Goa, 34 cases from Karnataka, 6 from Kerala, 9 cases from Maharashtra, 4 cases from Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan and 2 from Telangana and now some cases from Delhi. Surprisingly, 529 cases of COVID-19 were recorded on Wednesday whereas the count of active infection in the nation is around 4,093. 

Moreover, to prevent cases in Delhi, the AIIMS has planned to increase the speed and testing for patients who are facing the symptoms of SARI (severe acute respiratory infection). Regarding this, an official memorandum has been issued by the medical institution, the memo reads that 12 beds in the C6 ward have been set aside for hospitalization of seriously ill coronavirus patients. The memo added that “Rooms 1 to 12 in the new private ward are to be earmarked for hospitalization of COVID-19 positive EHS beneficiaries.  

Meanwhile, the official guidelines have also been issued after witnessing the first case of a new variant of COVID-19. This new variant is rapidly increasing and cases from all the states are reporting. To handle the situation before it gets slipped from the hands is a wise decision that is taken by AIIMS. In this regard, on Wednesday, 27th December 2023, the director of the medical institution held a meeting with all department heads to discuss the situation and contingency measures for COVID-19. 

While discussing the nature of the new variant and other cases of COVID 19 many other topics have been covered such as the allocation of particulate areas that are dedicated to positive patients, the policy on COVID-19 testing, and protocols for their hospitalization. As we mentioned above, the management of AIIMS has issued a notice of an increase in the testing of SARI. Those patients who are facing the symptoms of SARI need to take their test. These symptoms include acute respiratory infection,  persistent fever, or a fever equal to or exceeding 38°C, and cough. If any person is facing this symptom for more than 8-9 days, they need to take the test. 

Bhardwaj told ANI “The national capital of India has reported the first case of JN.1 which is a sub-variant of Omicron. Out of the 3 samples sent for Genome Sequencing, one is JN.1 and the other two are Omicron.” It is worth noting that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified the new variant of COVID-19 and stated that it is different from its parent lineage BA.2.86. The first case of the JN.1 variant was reported in Kerala, on 8th December 2023. The cases of this variant are currently high in the US and it is rapidly increasing there. Now more than 500 cases have been reported in India and in the wake of the ongoing festive season, doctors and health experts have requested people to pay attention to their health. 

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