Health Ministry urges public to take precautionary measures against COVID-19 J.N 1 variant

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has urged the public to take precautions in the aftermath of the detection of J.N 1 variant of COVID-19 in India.

Ministry Spokesperson Dr Prakash Budhathoki has called for taking precautionary measures to prevent the potential spread of this variant in Nepal.

He urged the public to observe social distancing, wear masks while joining a mass including feast and other social gatherings and practice regular hand hygiene.

While the J.N 1 variant, a sub-variant of the Omicron strain, is already spreading in neighboring China and India, there have been no confirmed cases in Nepal so far. Despite this, heightened concerns about the variant’s potential entry into the country have led to increased screening and surveillance at various entry points, according to Budhathoki.

The Ministry is well-prepared for prevention and treatment management in case the J.N 1 variant surfaces in Nepal and it is coordinating with relevant bodies accordingly.

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