In addition to the concerning surge in Covid cases, the country faced its steepest rise in infections in 225 days, reporting 743 fresh cases in a single day. The toll was further emphasized by seven reported deaths, with fatalities occurring in Kerala, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, and Tamil Nadu within a 24-hour span. These grim statistics prompted the Union Health Ministry to underscore the gravity of the situation.
The escalation in daily cases, previously in double digits until December 5, is attributed to a confluence of factors, including adverse cold weather conditions and the emergence of the new Covid-19 variant, JN.1. This variant, recognized as a “variant of interest” by the World Health Organization, has shown a rapid spread. However, it is noteworthy that the UN body has categorized it as posing a “low” health risk, offering a semblance of reassurance amid heightened concerns.
In response to these developments, the Center has issued directives to states and Union territories, urging them to maintain a constant vigil. The detection of the JN.1 sub-variant has added a layer of complexity to the evolving situation, necessitating a proactive approach in managing and mitigating the impact of the virus. As India grapples with this challenging scenario, the collaborative efforts of health authorities, local governments, and the public become paramount in curbing the spread of the virus and safeguarding public health.