Subvariant of COVID-19 named JN 1 found in India’s Kerala

  • December 17, 2023

Today India confirmed a case of JN 1, a sub-variant of Covid-19 whose cases have risen in China and the United States. It has been detected in the state of Kerala.

The case was found in a RT-PCR positive sample from Karakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, in Kerala on December 8. The patient had mild symptoms of Influenza Like Illness (ILI) and has since recovered from Covid-19, said Rajiv Bahl, Director General of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the prime body of medical research. Chief of INSACOG N.K. Arora said JN.1 variant was isolated and reported in November and is a subvariant of BA 2.86 of Covid-19. He said JN.1 was first detected in September 2023 in the US.

According to Rajeev Jayadevan, the National Indian Medical Association Covid Task Force’s co-chairman, “after a seven-month gap, cases are rising in India. In Kerala, there are reports of people getting Covid-19.’