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2 recovered COVID-19 patients from Davao City tested positive again, says DOH

After recovering, two coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients from Davao City  tested positive again for the disease, said the Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday (April 26).

Health Undersecretary Rosario Vergeire confirmed the situations of the two patients during a virtual press briefing. The two patients were previously discharged from Southern Philippines Medical Center but tested positive again after two weeks of home quarantine.

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

The two already took a third test wherein one turned out to be negative while the other is still waiting for the result.

According to Vergeire, it is possible for a recovered COVID-19 patient to test positive again for the disease but that is not an indication of reinfection. She also added that the test may have detected remnant virus, which is no longer infectious, from the patient.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has claimed that there is still no concrete evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

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