Two recovered COVID-19 patients test positive again

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 26) — The Department of Health confirmed Sunday that two patients from Davao City who have recovered from COVID-19 have tested positive again for the virus.

DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire, citing Southern Philippines Medical Center where the two were admitted, said in a virtual press briefing that the two have been discharged from the hospital, but tested positive again after two weeks under home quarantine.

One of the patients has tested negative again, she said, while the other is still waiting for test results.

Patuloy po ang pagaaral ng DOH at ng ating mga eksperto tungkol sa posibilidad ng reinfection o reactivation ng COVID-19,” Vergeire said. “Wala pa pong sapat na ebidensiya upang magbigay ng pahayag dito sa ngayon.

[Translation: DOH and our experts continue to study the possibility of reinfection or reactivation of COVID-19. There is not enough evidence to give a statement about this right now.]

However, she explained that it is possible that a recovered COVID-19 patient would test positive again if tests would pick up on remnants of the virus, which she said are no longer infectious.

The World Health Organization has warned that there is still no evidence suggesting that people who have had COVID-19 would be immune to a second infection.

The DOH reported Sunday that 862 people have recovered from the viral disease, while 501 have died. A total of 7,579 people have been infected with the virus.