Amidst growing concerns, the world, including India, faces a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), global COVID-19 cases have increased by 52% in the past month. India, too, witnesses a rapid surge, attributed in part to the emergence of the new JN.1 variant, causing heightened anxiety among the public.
As of Saturday morning, India recorded 752 new COVID-19 cases within 24 hours, marking the highest daily count since May 21, 2023. This spike brings the total COVID-19 cases this season to 3,420, with four fatalities reported. Globally, from November 20 to December 17, over 850,000 new cases were reported, reflecting a 8% decrease in mortality rates compared to the previous reporting period.
The JN.1 variant, identified as a sub-variant of the Omicron BA.2.86 variant by WHO, has been rapidly spreading. While concerns arise, Dr. Ajay Verma from King George Medical University reassures that there's no need to panic, emphasizing the virus's history of mutating. Nevertheless, caution is advised to maintain safety.
In response to the escalating cases, the Bihar government has issued random testing orders at airports in Patna, Gaya, and Darbhanga. Hospitals now mandate COVID-19 tests before surgeries, and the PMCH (Patna Medical College and Hospital) has heightened vigilance in its emergency ward.
Recent cases in the state include two individuals with a travel history to Kerala and Assam, both testing positive for COVID-19. The Health Department issues directives for hospitals to conduct COVID-19 tests for patients with fever, cough, and respiratory symptoms, ensuring preparedness for oxygen and ICU beds.
Authorities urge citizens to follow safety protocols: wearing masks, maintaining hygiene, and practicing social distancing. Vigilance is crucial, and random checks at airports aim to curb potential outbreaks. While the situation evolves, the emphasis remains on preventive measures and responsible behavior.