The National Center for Disease Control expected an increase in cases of Coronavirus during the coming period, attributing this to the spread of the new JN.1 variant, and then an increase in hospitalizations, especially for vulnerable groups such as the elderly, those with chronic diseases, and those with low immunity.

The center’s expectations came in a statement Tuesday indicating that there had been a significant increase in respiratory disease infections since the beginning of last October, as cases ranged from simple to serious, with a number of deaths being registered.

The statement indicated that the center’s teams took samples from people with symptoms of respiratory diseases from some hospitals and health centers and analyzed them in the laboratory, finding hat the results of most of the samples were for the influenza A virus and included serious cases of acute pneumonia, in addition to that a large percentage of respiratory infections cases were due to a bacterial infection, and noted that there were few cases of infection with the Coronavirus, and that most cases of infection in children were the result of syncytial virus infection.

The National Center for Disease Control advised taking all precautionary measures to prevent infection, including ensuring influenza vaccinations, using masks in crowded and closed places as well as poorly ventilated places, maintaining a safe distance inside those places, ensuring good ventilation, and maintaining respiratory etiquette when coughing and sneezing, cleaning hands regularly and staying safe at home when feeling symptoms of infection.

The new Corona variant is spreading rapidly and may cause respiratory diseases ranging from simple to pneumonia in some cases, and its appearance coincides with the spread of seasonal viruses such as influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, and pneumonia, which is common in childhood, according to the World Health Organization.