MASKS ARE BACK!! : Singapore records more than 56K new COVID-19 cases, New variant JN.1 spreading in India & China.

With 500,000 cases of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore and several cases of the JN.1 variant in India, calls for masks are rising again around the world.
As a new surge in Singapore increased by 56,000 infections in one week, the Ministry of Health issued a warning to the public and travelers.
An estimated 56,043 new coronavirus cases were recorded in the week from December 3 to 9, 2023, up from 32,035 the previous week, the ministry said.
Seven mild and asymptomatic cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) subvariant JN.1 have been detected in mainland China within about a month, and as of December 10th, At least 40 other countries have reported this subvariant.
A Beijing-based immunologist said more cases of the JN.1 variant are expected because the virus knows no borders.
However, this is not enough to cause public concern as new variants of the coronavirus may emerge in the future, the Global Times reported.
According to Chinese health authorities, infectious diseases in China are at a low epidemic level, and China’s respiratory pathogen surveillance has not found any unknown viruses or bacteria, the Global Times reported.
According to the report, on November 21st, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded BA.2.86 from a variant that requires global surveillance to a variant that requires caution, indicating that it is not a variant that can cause clinically serious infections.
We considered the risk to be low and estimated the overall risk assessment accordingly.
Low in public health.
India recorded a sudden jump of 702 new coronavirus infections in a single day, raising the number of active cases to 4,097, the Health Ministry announced today.
According to the ministry’s data updated at 8 am, six new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours – two from Maharashtra and one each from Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal and Delhi.
By December 5, the number of daily infections had fallen to double digits, but the number of infections rose again as new variants and colder weather conditions emerged.

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