Might JN.1 COVID strain impact your vacation journey? Where is infection surge in India, globe?

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JN.1 Variant’s Global Alert: What It Means for Your Travel Plans

Amid the holiday season, the ongoing increase in the JN.1 variant of the novel coronavirus has put nations across the globe, including India, on high alert. This has raised the topic of safety in terms of holiday travel plans as new cases related to this variant continue to grow. The situation is monitored closely due to its evidential increase in popular tourist destinations such as Kerala and Goa. Other countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, also report similar trends. The JN.1 strain, a subvariant of Omicron, has been dubbed a “variant of interest” according to news from the source of Reader Wall.

COVID-19’s Rapid Spread, what needs to be known

To give insight into the COVID-19 rampant spread in India and other countries — we bring you what you may need to consider for travel during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Current COVID-19 Situation in Different Countries


On Thursday, India recorded 594 fresh infections of COVID-19, which made the active cases increase from 2,311 the previous day to 2,669, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. So far, India has reported 26 cases of the JN.1 sub-variant, with 19 of these cases being detected in Goa and declared as inactive. Genome sequencing of samples collected from patients detected the variant. In light of the holiday season, traveler concern has risen with no solid plan to reinstate mandatory RT-PCR testing for COVID-19 at airports confirmed as of yet.


New cases of COVID-19 in Singapore have escalated to 965 in this past week, an increase from 763 cases reported during the previous week. Singapore has reintroduced the utilization of masks in crowded places, especially indoors. Directed guidelines for travelers and citizens have been distributed by the government.


Malaysia, a sought-after tourist destination, has witnessed COVID-19 infections close to double in a week as Christmas and New Year approach. Despite this, the country’s Health Minister has stated that there are currently no plans to reintroduce lockdown-related restrictions.


Indonesia’s health ministry has confirmed the detection of the JN.1 variant. As of Wednesday, at least 41 cases have been confirmed. However, no travel restrictions or required mask mandates have been issued so far.

The United Kingdom

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the UK, particularly in England and Scotland. Data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) indicates that London is the worst-affected area due to the rapid spread of the JN.1 variant.

The United States

According to wastewater data analysis from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 cases in the US have reached their highest levels since last December in certain parts of the country. Despite this, no restrictions have been imposed thus far.

Note that this report is compiled using inputs from several reliable agencies. Please maintain a safe distance, particularly in crowded areas, practice good hygiene, wear masks indoors and get a booster shot, especially if you fall in a high-risk category.


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