Recovered patient tests positive again

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A person who had recovered from coronavirus, has tested positive again.

The news was confirmed by Superintendent of Public Health Professor Charmaine Gauci during the weekly press briefing on Friday.

The person who has mild symptoms and is recovering at home, was among the cases reported on Thursday and had recovered three months ago.

The person had first tested positive for coronavirus on 13 April and was declared to have made a recovery on 27 April.

During the press briefing, Professor Gauci remarked that a significant amount of time had passed from when the person had tested positive, and therefore the case seems to be that of a reinfection. She explained that in such cases all the necessary measures are taken and the case is treated as a new infection. The person has been placed in isolation and contact tracing is underway.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is preparing new guidelines for EU Member States which would guide national authorities when coming across such cases.

A false negative test in the past week

On 5 September, had revealed that an asymptomatic patient had tested positive during a routine test. He was declared to be free from the virus after taking a swab test two weeks later.

The reader had told this newsroom that a week after being declared as ‘recovered’, he exhibited symptoms normally associated with coronavirus and has subsequently tested positive.

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