Kerala Reports 90% Fresh Covid-19 Cases In India

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Kerala Witnesses Alarming Surge: 90% of India’s Fresh Covid-19 Cases; Omicron Variant Detected | Latest Updates and Implications

New Delhi: There has been a sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Kerala, with two deaths from the virus reported this month. According to official figures, the state reported 470 cases in November, and 825 new ones within the first ten days of this month, the highest in India.

Kerala Reports 90% Fresh Covid-19 Cases In India

Rising Cases in Kerala

The state of Kerala has witnessed a significant surge in COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the fresh cases in India being reported from the region. The numbers have escalated from 470 cases in November to a concerning 825 new cases in the first ten days of December, making it the highest in the country.

Underlying Causes

Patients admitted to hospitals with respiratory symptoms are testing negative for H1N1 but positive for Covid-19, according to Dr. Sunny P. Orathel, the state hospital medical superintendent. He notes that, in some cases, symptoms persist for a month or two, and the current aggravation might be linked to atmospheric pollution and climate change.

Severity and Vulnerability

While the majority of cases are not severe, individuals with existing comorbidities and low immunity remain vulnerable. Health experts emphasize the need for continuous monitoring of the virus despite the relatively low severity of cases.

Omicron Variant Concerns

Recent reports suggest the detection of the JN.1 sub-variant of the Omicron variant in Kerala, sparking fresh concerns. Authorities stress the importance of vigilance and continuous monitoring as the situation unfolds. If the cases continue to rise, the Kerala government may consider imposing restrictions and preventive measures in sensitive areas.

Regional and Global Impact

The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has confirmed the presence of the JN.1 variant in Kerala. This variant has also been detected in Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and Indonesia, where authorities are responding by making masks mandatory at airports.

 

Covid-19 Cases in India

 

According to the latest data from the Union Health Ministry, India recorded 237 new coronavirus infections on Friday, with active cases increasing to 1,296. The total death toll stands at 5,33,310, and the national recovery rate is reported at 98.81%. While the overall recovery is promising, the recent single-day rise of 252 new infections marks the highest since June 2 this year.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 to Watch Out For

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights common symptoms of COVID-19, including fever or chills, cough, breathlessness, fatigue, and muscle or body aches. Individuals may also experience less common but serious symptoms like pink eyes, swollen eyes, fainting, and more. It’s crucial to remain vigilant and seek medical attention if any symptoms arise.

 

As the situation unfolds, health authorities are urging the public to adhere to safety measures and stay informed about the evolving nature of the pandemic.

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