We are pleased to provide an update on the new COVID variant XBB 1.16 that has recently been reported in various states in India. As per the INSACOG, a total of 76 samples of this new variant have been detected so far in the country.
The highest number of cases of the XBB 1.16 variant has been reported in Karnataka and Maharashtra, with other states like Puducherry, Delhi, Telangana, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha also reporting cases of this variant.
It is important to note that this new variant is a matter of concern as it is believed to be more transmissible than the original strain of the virus. However, the current vaccines have shown to be effective against this new variant as well.
The Indian government is taking strict measures to contain the spread of this new variant, with a focus on increasing testing, tracing and isolation efforts. Public health officials are urging citizens to continue practicing COVID-appropriate behaviour such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, and washing hands frequently to prevent the spread of this and other variants of COVID-19.
In conclusion, the detection of the new COVID variant XBB 1.16 in India is a cause for concern, but the government and health officials are taking all necessary measures to contain the spread of this variant. We all have a role to play by following the recommended safety protocols, and getting vaccinated as soon as we are able to do so. Together, we can fight against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.#India #sees #jump #COVID #XBB #cases #H3N2 #scare #looms #high #symptoms #prevent #viral #attacks