COVID-19 Reinfections: 111 Cases In South Korea Have Emerged

South Korea Has 111 Confirmed Repeat Cases Of The Coronavirus

We're all praying for South Korea to bounce back!

As of writing, South Korea has 10,537 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The country is also struggling with repeat cases as they confirmed 111 COVID-19 reinfections on Sunday, 12 April. The bulk of these cases reportedly come from Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province.

Yesterday, the director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) also shared that they are still investigating the possible causes of the repeat cases. “For now it is uncertain what led to reinfection ― revived virus that survived treatment or fresh exposure to the virus after recovery,” Jung Eun-kyeong said. 

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Local health experts claim that many of the reinfected patients tested positive again in only a short period of time after being confirmed negative. It is also speculated that there may have been situations where the COVID-19 virus simply became dormant in a person’s cells and unfortunately reactivated, thereby harming the patient’s respiratory organs once more. This could imply that faulty tests were conducted on the reinfected individuals given that a COVID-19 patient is only considered fully recovered once two negative results come out. 

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The COVID-19 reinfections are indeed an alarming occurrence amidst the outbreak. But we have to continue doing our part in combatting the virus by staying indoors, practising social distancing, donating to different sectors affected by the pandemic, and keeping the morale of our health workers up. Sending our thoughts and prayers to South Korea!

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Therese's close friends know that if they haven’t seen her around recently, then she’s probably having an adventure with her luggage and camera in hand. Though she loves staying at home and spending lazy afternoons with friends, there are times when she has to be "away from home to feel at home," — that’s when she’s bitten by the travel bug. See her travels on Instagram @reesstamaria.


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