With 3,093 new cases, Bengaluru’s still state’s worst-hit

COVID-19

COVID-19

The case has been confirmed at Fortis Hospital in Bannerghatta Road.

The COVID-19 patient did not have severe symptoms of COVID-19 on both occasions, said the private hospital.

Exactly a month later, on August 25, the woman was back in hospital with symptoms of cough, fever and sore throat. The first-ever reinfection of COVID-19 was reported in Hong Kong in August. The patient had, however, "recovered well" and was "discharged successfully" after testing negative for the viral infection, the team clarified. A repeat test was conducted on her, which turned out to be negative, post which she was discharged on July 24.

In August, a 33-year-old man from Europe who returned to Hong Kong was reportedly the first case of COVID-19 reinfection in the world.

Indian Council of Medical Research earlier said there is "no need to be alarmed immensely" over the reinfection case of COVID-19 reported in Hong Kong, but at the same time maintained that it is not yet known how long the immunity lasts in case of coronavirus.

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When the Bengaluru woman tested positive for the second time, the hospital said it informed health and family welfare department officials. Some governments have suggested that the detection of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could serve as the basis for an immunity passport or risk-free certificate that would enable individuals to travel or return to work assuming they are protected against re-infection. "Other possibility is that the IgG antibodies disappeared in almost one month leaving her susceptible for reinfection", he said.

Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 3,093, followed by Mysuru (790), Belagavi (473), Davangere (395), Dakshina Kannada (377), Ballari (366), Hassan (347), Shivamogga (346), Mandya (246), and Koppal (243). It will remain to be rare.

According to Pratik Patil, a consultant for infectious diseases in the hospital, COVID-19 immunoglobulin G antibodies test positive after two to three weeks of infection in normal cases. "The good news is that the second infection is less severe than first".

Babu added that it is hard to establish the reinfection. "Only more studies in the future can tell about the extent of reinfections", he said.

The confirmation of a relapse case in Bengaluru comes at a time when the city has 41,479 active cases (as on September 6), which amounts to over 40 per cent of the active cases across 30 districts of the state. 2125 of these have been confirmed in Bengaluru alone.

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