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No new COVID-19 variant found in Assam, says state health minister

PUNJAB NEWS LINE | December 21, 2023 11:58 AM

Guwahati: Assam Health Minister Keshab Mahanta asserted on Thursday that no new variant of COVID-19 was found in the state in recent times.

He said, “The health department has been instructed to remain vigilant against the surge of COVID-19 infection. As of now, Assam has not reported any new COVID case. We have not found any new COVID-19 variants in the state.”

He also attended the meeting chaired by the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday regarding the COVID-19 situation in the country.

Taking to his X handle, Mahanta wrote, “No case of the new variant has yet been reported in #Assam. The Government of Assam is on alert and constantly monitoring the situation. I urge the people to remain vigilant.”

On Wednesday, Mandaviya presided over a high-level meeting to discuss the nation's Covid-19 situation and the public health system's readiness.

Through a video conference from the national Capital, he briefed all the state and union territory health ministers about the appearance of the COVID-19 subvariant JN.1 in several states in the country.

Mandaviya emphasised the need for remaining alert and being prepared to fight emerging strains of the COVID-19 virus. He urged everyone to be cautious and ready for any new virus strains that may emerge.


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