India’s 1st COVID-19 Patient Infected with the Virus Again

A woman medico, who was India’s first COVID-19 case, has tested positive again for the virus, health authorities said in Thrissur, Kerala, on Tuesday (July 13). “She is reinfected with COVID-19. Her RT-PCR is positive, the antigen is negative. She is asymptomatic,” Thrissur DMO Dr. K J Reena told PTI.

Her samples were tested as she was prepared to go to New Delhi for study purposes. Then the RT-PCR result turned out to be positive, she said. The woman is presently at home and “she is OK,” the doctor said.

It was on January 30, 2020, that the third-year medical student from Wuhan University tested positive for coronavirus, becoming the country’s first COVID-19 patient, days after she had returned home following semester holidays.

After nearly three weeks of treatment at the Thrissur Medical College Hospital, she had tested negative twice for the virus, confirming her recovery, and was discharged on February 20, 2020.

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