Three cases of suspected coronavirus reinfection — two in Mumbai and one in Ahmedabad — have been “described” in India, the nation’s apex medical analysis physique stated on Tuesday. Director-General Balram Bhargava stated the Indian Council of Medical Research had determined upon a cutoff of 100 days for reinfection if it happens as, in line with some research, antibodies have been additionally assumed to have a lifetime of 4 months.
“Reinfection was a problem which was first described via a case from Hong Kong. Subsequently, a few cases were described in India — two in Mumbai and one in Ahmedabad,” Bhargava stated at a press convention.
“We have got some data from the WHO, which says that there are about two dozen reinfection cases in the world at the moment,” he stated.
“We are looking at the ICMR database and finding out those who have had reinfection and making telephonic contact to get some data out of them.”
The definition of reinfection, whether or not it’s 90 days, 100 days or 110 days, continues to be not determined even by the World Health Organization, in line with Bhargava.
However, the federal government is taking the cutoff of about 100 days if reinfection happens as a result of that’s “what we have assumed as the life of antibodies”, the official stated. “So it’s work in progress.”
Referring to reviews of reinfection surfacing in numerous states, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had stated on Sunday an evaluation by the ICMR had revealed that many cases reported as COVID-19 reinfection had been “mis-classified” as a result of the RT-PCR exams may detect dead-virus shed for extended durations after restoration.
“Actual reinfection would mean a fully-recovered person getting infected by a freshly-introduced virus in his/her body, belonging to the same or different strain. ICMR is commissioning a study to understand the true burden of reinfected cases. Results will be shared in a couple of weeks,” he had stated.
(Wih PTI inputs)