COVID Reinfection: ICMR Identifies Three Cases As Part Of Study

New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is studying reinfection coronavirus cases and has identified three, said Dr Balram Bhargava, director-general (D-G), ICMR, on Tuesday.

“We are studying the reinfection cases. So far, three such cases have been reported; two from Mumbai and one from Ahmedabad. There are various cut-off days that are being referred to for reinfection. Though the public is going by up to 110 days, we are taking 100 as the cut-off period because the antibodies last until then,” Dr Bhargava was quoted as saying to Hindustan Times (HT).

Reinfection could occur in COVID-19 patients, and the symptoms would likely be more severe following the relapse of the viral infection, said a recent study published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has documented about two dozen cases of Covid-19 reinfection. We have established telephonic contact with the three cases of reinfection as part of our study. They are being looked into,” he added, said the report.

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