JN.1 Subvariant of COVID-19 Detected in Kerala

The Union Ministry of Health is actively engaged in continuous communication with the State Department of Health in Kerala, closely monitoring various points of entry. As the situation unfolds, health authorities are emphasizing the importance of adherence to safety protocols and encouraging the public to remain vigilant in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Restricted Use of iNCOVACC for Booster Vaccination Approved

CDSCO has now also approved ChAd36-SARS-CoV-S COVID-19 (Chimpanzee Adenovirus Vectored) recombinant COVID19Vaccine (iNCOVACC). This approval is extended to it as a Booster (third) dose vaccination for restricted use in emergencies. This vaccine can be administered intra-nasally.

Review of current status and preparedness for COVID-19

During the meeting, Secretary (Health) provided an overview of the global COVID-19 situation, with a particular emphasis on the detection of certain newer variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus such as BA.2.86 (Pirola) and EG.5 (Eris), which have been reported internationally.

Advisory on Impending Covid Outbreak

Face masks are to be used in all public places and Social distancing is to be maintained. Public gatherings like marriages, political or social meetings, etc. to be avoided.