- South Korean health officials announced this week that the virus of at least 91 recovered coronavirus patients has been “reactivated.”
- The new trend, they said, remains unclear, and that epidemiological investigations are still on going.
- It is also unclear if the recovered COVID-19 patients are already immune from contracting the virus again.
According to health officials South Korea, 91 patients who already recovered from coronavirus had their virus “reactivated.” In a press briefing, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) director Jeong Eun-kyeong said that the recovered patients tested positive again. It is possible that they have not been “re-infected” but the virus has reoccurred or “reactivated,” said the official.
Jeong explained the reactivation of COVID-19 remains a mystery as the epidemiological investigations are still ongoing. Furthermore, the director said that these reports are a concern, especially since most countries are hoping that the infected people will develop enough immunity to prevent further spread of the pandemic.
Korea University Guro Hospital on infectious diseases professor Kim Woo-joo said that the South Korean government is expecting the figure of reactivated virus will increase, given there are already 7,000 who have recovered from the disease.
Aside from the possibilities of reactivation, Kim said that the patients had likely experienced a “relapse” rather than being “re-infected.” He also said that the “false test result” can also be attributed as to why they have been tested positive again.
“There are different interpretations and many variables. The government needs to come up with responses for each of these variables,” Hallym University Sacred Heart Hospital on pulmonary medicine professor Jung Ki-suck explained.
South Korea’s latest figure was 27 new cases of coronavirus, the country’s lowest incident compared to its previous 900 cases a day last late February. As of this writing, the country has now a total of 10,450 cases with a fatality of 211.
The city of Dauegu has the largest confirmed COVID-19 cases and according to reports, the figures rapidly increased due to a cult with a membership of about 3,000.
Truck Drivers And Other Frontline Workers Can Have $25K Hazard Pay From “Heroes Funds”
Those entitled for the fund include medical workers, grocery store staff, pharmacists, and truck drivers, among others.
- U.S. Senate Democrats have recently proposed a "Heroes Fund" law that will distribute major hazard payouts for workers at the frontlines of the battle against the dreaded coronavirus (COVID-19).
- Frontline workers who earn less than $200,00 per year will receive a hazard payout of $25,000; while workers who earn more than $200,000 per year will receive a heroes' pay of $5,000.
- The funding will be given to their employers who will be responsible to distribute the payouts and provide proof of payments to the federal government.
Critic Who Slammed China For Coronavirus Response Goes ‘Missing’
He’s under investigation for “serious violations of law and discipline,” according to the Communist Party.
- Chinese billionaire Ren Zhiqiang has gone 'missing' after openly criticizing the government's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
- His loved ones have lost contact with him since March 12.
- According to the Communist Party, Ren is currently under investigation for "serious violations of law and discipline."
Thousands Are Leaving Wuhan After China Lifts Lockdown
Authorities assured that safety precautions will still be observed.
- With China lifting the mandatory lockdown on Wuhan, thousands (of locals and non-locals) are expected to leave the city in the next several days.
- Public transportation, such as trains and planes, are now open to the public once more and thousands have booked their seats to different destinations.
- According to authorities, safety precautions will still be observed.
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