The first covid-19 positive patient from Kerala tests positive for the virus again, after recovery.
Health officials in Kerala's Thrissur reported today that a woman medico, who was India's first COVID-19 patient, had tested positive for the virus again.
"COVID-19 has re-infected her. Her RT-PCR is positive, but she is negative for antigen. She is symptom-free "Dr. KJ Reena, the Thrissur District Medical Officer, said the Press Trust of India.
"Her samples were examined as she prepared to travel to New Delhi for research. Then the RT-PCR test came back positive "she informed India's Press Trust.
The woman is currently at home and "doesn't seem to be in any danger," according to the doctor.
On January 30, 2020, a third-year medical student from Wuhan University tested positive for COVID-19, making her India's first COVID-19 patient just days after returning home after the semester break.
She tested negative for the virus twice after nearly three weeks of treatment at the Thrissur Medical College Hospital, confirming her recovery, and was discharged on February 20, 2020.
Two more Keralite students from Wuhan, the virus's origin, tested positive in Alappuzha and Kasaragod districts last year after the first positive case was reported from Thrissur.
Since the start of the epidemic last year, the southern state has been dealing with a surge of new coronavirus cases. Kerala's former Health Minister, KK Shailaja, has been praised for his ability to prevent the spread of the virus, but the state remains on the Centre's radar due to mounting instances.