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Fears for brand spanking new coronavirus wave as 179 recovered sufferers take a look at constructive for second time in South Korea

Fears for new coronavirus wave as 179 recovered patients test positive for second time in South Korea



SOUTH KOREAN officers have stated not less than 179 recovered coronavirus sufferers have examined constructive for a second time. 

Sufferers of their 20s accounted for the very best quantity of people that to retest constructive for coronavirus, South Korea’s Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention stated on Sunday.

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At least 179 recovered patients test positive for second time in South Korea
At the least 179 recovered sufferers take a look at constructive for second time in South Korea
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The company stated 22.9 per cent of circumstances had been sufferers of their 20s and 17.9 per cent had been of their 50s.

Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the KCDC, stated this has sparked an investigation into discovering out why the sufferers had been retesting constructive.

He has beforehand recommended the virus might have been reactivated after changing into dormant as a substitute of the affected person changing into reinfected.

He stated: “Whereas we’re placing extra weight on reactivation because the potential trigger, we’re conducting a complete research on this.

“There have been many circumstances when a affected person throughout therapy will take a look at unfavourable at some point and constructive one other.”

South Korea at present has 10,661 infections and 234 deaths.

Different consultants stated defective exams could also be taking part in a task, or remnants of the virus should be in sufferers’ programs however not be infectious or of hazard to the host or others.

Pointers from the World Well being Group state that earlier than being discharged from hospital, a clinically recovered Covid-19 affected person ought to take a look at unfavourable for the virus twice – with exams carried out not less than 24 hours aside.

Final week, it was reported the Covid-19 sufferers in South Korea had been being thought-about for discharge after testing unfavourable for the illness – nevertheless, exams administered later confirmed constructive outcomes.

Quickly after, the WHO introduced it will start wanting into the pattern.

The company stated in an announcement: “We’re carefully liaising with our medical consultants and dealing onerous to get extra data on these particular person circumstances.

“You will need to be sure that when samples are collected for testing on suspected sufferers, procedures are adopted correctly.”


In line with WHO, present research present that sufferers with delicate Covid-19 expertise a interval of about two weeks between the onset of signs and medical restoration.

Nevertheless it stays unclear why these sufferers are testing constructive after they had been believed to have recovered.

The assertion added: “As Covid-19 is a brand new illness, we want extra epidemiological information to attract any conclusions.”

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