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The novel coronavirus continues to break records in the US. Meanwhile, the Republic of Korea has outlined more than 100 new confirmed cases where patients have tested positive a second time after being recovered and released from quarantine.

The director of the Korea Center for Disease Control (KCDC) said on Monday, April 13, that a total of 116 patients had tested positive again after a full recovery from the virus. He further said that “Investigators are looking into whether the cause of relapse is the virus being reactivated or reinfection with the virus. We are also investigating whether relapse cases lead to secondary infection”.

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The same convolution has been confirmed in China, the place of origin of the disease, and also in Japan, which have successfully reduced the spread of the disease.

Investigators say that it is highly likely that the coronavirus has reactivated rather than reinfecting people. It also points towards some kind of faulty issues with sampling and testing. Yet, no one knows that for sure. Although COVID-19 is related to the 2003 SARS, scientists have very little knowledge of it and the researches are still being continued.

According to Professor Jimmy Whitworth from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, people get infected only once in a majority of cases and the exceptions are due to faults of sampling.


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