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JN.1 Subvariant of COVID-19

By Amigos IAS

Why is it in the news?

  • A case of the JN.1 subvariant of COVID-19 identified in Kerala during routine surveillance by INSACOG.

About JN.1

  • A subvariant of Omicron (BA.2.86 or Pirola) with an additional spike protein mutation.
  • Shows the potential for rapid spread and immune evasion, emphasizing the need for ongoing monitoring.
  • Reported symptoms include fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache, and mild gastrointestinal symptoms.

 

About INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium)

·       A network of genomic laboratories dedicated to monitoring COVID-19 in India from a genomic perspective.

·       Involves the participation of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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