India has witnessed a noteworthy dip in its daily Covid-19 cases, reporting 656 infections over the past 24 hours, marking a decrease from the 752 cases registered on the preceding day.
As per the latest data released by the Union health ministry, the country’s active cases have risen marginally to 3,742, maintaining the total caseload at 4.50 crore (4,50,08,620).
Tragically, Kerala reported one new Covid-related fatality within the same period, pushing the nation’s death toll to 5,33,333. The case fatality rate currently stands at 1.19 per cent. However, the nation continues to witness a positive trend in recoveries, with 4,44,71,545 individuals having successfully recuperated from the disease. The national recovery rate remains robust at 98.81 per cent, according to the health ministry’s website.
Amid these encouraging statistics, the country faces a pressing concern regarding the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant, JN.1. With 22 reported cases of this variant across India, apprehensions regarding its potential impact have heightened. The initial instance of the variant was identified in a 79-year-old woman in Kerala. Among the total cases, 19 have been detected in Goa, with one case each in Kerala and Maharashtra, while details regarding one case are yet to be disclosed.
The appearance of this new variant underscores the necessity for heightened vigilance and stringent measures to contain its potential spread. Health authorities and officials are closely monitoring the situation to implement necessary protocols and precautions to mitigate the impact of the variant.
As India navigates through this phase of reduced daily cases but heightened vigilance due to the emergence of the new variant, continued adherence to safety guidelines, vaccination drives, and proactive measures remain crucial in combating the Covid-19 threat across the nation.