WHO urges countries to continue with ‘strong surveillance’ amid rising Covid cases


The World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries across the world to keep a strong surveillance of Covid-19 cases and sequence sharing.

The WHO advisory came as the cases of Covid-19 witnessed a sharp spike in different countries due to a new dominant strain identified as JN.1, a sublineage of BA.2.86.

The WHO also shared a video of Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, who explained the reasons behind the spike in cases and also talked about precautions that can be taken.

Notably, India has also detected a case of Covid sub-variant JN.1 in Kerala as part of an ongoing routine surveillance of the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG).

“Dr Maria Van Kerkhove talks about the current surge in respiratory diseases #COVID19 and JN.1 subvariant. WHO continues to assess the situation. Follow WHO’s public health advice to keep your families and friends safe during this holiday season,” WHO posted on X (formerly Twitter) sharing a video of Kerkhove explaining the causes of the recent surge.

Published By:

Sudeep Lavania

Published On:

Dec 18, 2023


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