New Delhi: As many as 2,100 cases of COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1 and its lineages have been detected in the country so far, the Insacog on Wednesday said. There are 829 SARS-CoV-2 sequences of JN.1 across 18 the states and UTs while its sub-lineage JN.1.1 has been detected in 944 cases, according to the data compiled by the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (Insacog).
JN.1.11 has been detected in 245 cases while the rest of the cases were detected in the sub-lineages of JN.1.
The Centre had last month asked the states and Union Territories to maintain a constant vigil amid detection of new variants in the country.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified JN.1 as a separate “variant of interest” given its rapidly-increasing spread, but said it poses a “low” global public health risk.
The JN.1 sub-variant of the coronavirus was previously classified as a variant of interest (VOI) as part of the BA.2.86 sub-lineages, the parent lineage that is classified as a VOI, the world body said.