- Two patients in Davao City have tested positive anew for the novel coronavirus disease
- They were initially considered as “recoveries” and had undergone 14-day quarantine
- However, when they returned for another test, they tested positive again
- The chairperson of a hospital in Davao City has spoken up about the incident
Two patients in Davao City have tested positive again for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) even after they were considered as recoveries already.
KAMI learned that the said patients also underwent mandatory 14-day quarantine after being discharged from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
Upon returning for another test, they were informed that they are positive again so they have to be readmitted to the said hospital.
Dr. Marie Yvette Barez, the chairperson of the Infection Prevention and Control Unit of the SPMC, stated that the test they conducted to the patients can detect dead virus.
She also does not believe that the two recoveries were re-infected or the virus in their bodies have reactivated.
"The PCR test can detect even the dead or the non-viable virus. So it can even persist sa patient na not infected, that's why puwede siyang mag-positive ulit," Barez told GMA News.
"We based it on researches na lumalabas ngayon sa mga studies na, it could be just a dead virus o non-viable virus that can persist sa isang patient. I don't think it's reinfection kasi wala naman silang symptoms," she added.
In a previous article by KAMI, the number of new COVID-19 fatalities in the Philippines has fallen to single digits on April 26.
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