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JN.1, newest variant of COVID-19, highly transmissible: Health Ministry

Kathmandu, Jan 9: The infection rate of the newest sub-variant of Coronavirus , JN.1, is found to be increasing in Nepal.

According to Dr Rudra Prasad Marasini, Director of the Epidemiology and Diseases Control Division under the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), the transmission rate of this new variant from one person to another is higher compared to other variants.

Marasini said, “The transmission rate of JN.1 is higher in the cities since there are more crowds. The fatality rate and complications of the infection are, however, low.”

It may be noted that the JN.1 sub-variant was detected in seven of the 16 samples tested in the National Public Health Laboratory on last Monday. The JN.1 is the newest variant of Omicron.

Since the new sub-variant is highly transmissible, the MoHP has urged one and all to exercise precautionary measures in a crowd such as wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distance and keep hands clean by washing frequently among others.

In view of increasing infection rate of the new sub-variant of Coronavirus, the Ministry said that it had been conducting screening of suspected ones in the entry points through the health desks set up there. #Nepal

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