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JN.1 new Covid variant, National advisory committee recommends wearing masks
  • TFP Desk:
  • 2024-01-03 07:57:42

Amid the surge of new JN.1 Covid variant globally, the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 has suggested the authorities concerned to take necessary initiatives, including mask-wearing, to prevent the spread of the virus.

The committee came up with four recommendations in its 65th meeting held on Tuesday with Dr Mohammad Shahidullah, president of the NTAC, in the chair, according to a press release.

An elaborate discussion was held at the meeting about the latest situation of the surge of the JN.1 variant and advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) about the new variant.

Mentioning that the Covid-19 situation is under control and the new variant has not been identified yet in the country, the committee suggested taking precautionary measures including wearing masks especially in high-risk areas including hospitals and by individuals with low immunity.

It also suggested the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) strengthen surveillance by reviewing the global reports to monitor the infection situation and take necessary preparations for quick treatment including Covid-19 tests and ICU in case of emergency in future.

Besides, the committee also recommended screening travellers coming from abroad.

It also suggested making decisions about the vaccine through regular examination of scientific data and advised people with high risk to take 4th dose of the vaccine.

The meeting also suggested Covid test before any surgery if the patient has any symptoms.

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