Cured virus patients might have tested positive due to virus reactivation: KCDC
SEOUL, April 6 (Yonhap) — More than 50 people who recovered after contracting COVID-19 have tested positive again, but the results might have been due to the reactivation of the novel coronavirus, health authorities here said Monday.
The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said 51 people from Daegu and the surrounding North Gyeongsang Province, the epicenters of the COVID-19 outbreak here, had tested positive for the virus after they were released from quarantine.
KCDC Director-General Jeong Eun-kyeong said the virus was highly likely to have been reactivated, instead of the people being reinfected, as they tested positive again in a relatively short time after being released from quarantine.
The health authorities said a team of investigators has been sent to Daegu to conduct an epidemiological investigation into the cases.
Other virologists and epidemiologists said the positive results from the retesting may have come from the virus reactivating and not from wrong diagnoses.
“There is a pattern of the viral level decreasing and increasing again. An investigation should be thoroughly conducted into whether the level was low enough to show as negative,” said Jegal Dong-wook, an infectious disease expert at the Catholic University of Korea.
They also said the COVID-19 virus may remain latent in certain cells in the body and attack the respiratory organs again once reactivated.
“Patients who retested positive are people in which the virus was reactivated or who relapsed,” said Kim Tae-kyung, an infectious disease expert at Soonchunhyang University Hospital.
A COVID-19 patient is deemed fully recovered after showing negative results for two tests performed with a 24-hour interval.
The country recorded fewer than 50 new cases of the novel coronavirus Monday, bringing the nation’s total infections to 10,284. It marked the lowest daily increase since late February.
In a housing complex in the Moroccan city of Sale, over 900 people live in crowded rooms without running water or an income to support them. While the North African country entered total lockdown in mid-March, self-isolation and social distancing are a luxury that families in this complex cannot afford. Some families have lived in their room for 40 years, steadily filling it with children and grandchildren, with some rooms housing up to 10…
SEATTLE (AP) — A statistical model cited by the White House generated a slightly less grim figure Monday for a first wave of deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. — a projection designed to help officials plan for the worst, including having enough hospital staff, beds and ventilators. The only problem with this bit of relatively good news? It’s almost certainly wrong. All models are wrong. Some are just less wrong than others — and…
More than 10,000 people have now died from the coronavirus in the US. The death toll rose by 1,104 to 10,720 on Monday as the country continues to lead the world in confirmed infections with more than 362,000. In Washington, US surgeon general Jerome Adams offered a stark warning about the expected wave of deaths. “This is going to be our Pearl Harbour moment, our 9/11 moment,” he said. President Donald Trump suggested the hard weeks ahead could…
Images of crowded parks and long traffic jams en route to scenic spots at the weekend have prompted health authorities to warn of a resurgence in cases A continued rise in cases in the densely populated capital of Seoul and its surrounding areas in particular has alarmed health experts As South Korea on Monday reported its lowest number of new infections since February, the government urged citizens weary of weeks of staying at home not to let…
The restrictions introduced in Wuhan, where the new virus was first reported, are being replicated in varying degrees around the region Travel bans, compulsory quarantine and reduced freedom of movement for residents are a common feature When the central Chinese city of Wuhan – the original epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic – implemented a lockdown on January 23, it was a bold measure to tackle the outbreak. The lockdown of the city – with…
Pathogen that causes Covid-19 is gone within three hours from surfaces like printing and tissue paper, but can last for days on banknotes, stainless steel and plastic, researchers from University of Hong Kong say But virus is no match for household disinfectants, bleach or frequent hand washing with soap and water The coronavirus that causes Covid-19 can adhere to stainless steel and plastic surfaces for up to four days, and to the outer layer…
Under the new law, online media outlets, including social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, will be forced to issue corrections and remove content that the Singaporean government determines to be untrue, according to Reuters.
Vancent Zhu was a loud but lonely voice of dissent against a flash mob by Hong Kong protest supporters near Vancouver Zhu has previously protested in potentially hostile waters, sailing to the disputed Diaoyu Islands to assert Chinese territorial claims in 2006 When Vancent Zhu heard that supporters of the Hong Kong protest movement would be gathering at a shopping mall in Richmond, near Vancouver, to sing their de facto anthem Glory to Hong…
Falcons in Pakistan: Birds of prey fall as they are hunted by poachers
Karachi, Pakistan – The thriving black market of falcon poaching continues to be an issueRead More
Was David Alaba bei der Klubwahl am wichtigsten ist
FC Bayern: Was David Alaba bei der Klubwahl am wichtigsten ist FC Bayern : WasRead More