South Korea Experts Say Recovered Coronavirus Patients Retested Positive Because of 'Dead' Virus Parts

Discussing the upward trend in positive retests during a recent news conference, officials from KCDC’s clinical committee for emerging disease control said the pattern does not necessarily reflect a reoccurrence of active infection.Committee head Oh Myoung-don instead attributed positive test results following recovery to “dead,” or inactive, virus components still present in patients’ cells, multiple outlets based in South Korea reported on Wednesday. Still, concerns over South Korea’s growing number of positive retests have circulated throughout April, as the number of second-time diagnoses among “recovered” individuals has steadily risen. By Sunday, South Korea had confirmed 263 cases of positive test results in formerly recovered coronavirus patients, and KCDC said its investigation remained ongoing.

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