The Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS) has been conducting sewage surveillance for SARS-COV-2 in Bengaluru since the past two years. “This new strain (JN.1), a close relative of Omicron variant, is an interesting and peculiar one evading the immunity obtained through previous infections or vaccines infecting people. It is spreading silently as most cases are asymptomatic or even mild where an infected person may not even know. But, it has not shown any major illness in clinical context,”
‘In most of the STPs, we are seeing an increasing load of viral RNA. It means people are infected with Covid and they are shedding the virus. Those numbers are increasing’ – Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Director TIGS on the recent Wastewater surveillance data from Bengaluru.
As per government advisory, there is a need to exercise caution, adhere to masking protocols, maintain personal hygiene and avoid crowded places.
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