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Belgium, Netherlands report coronavirus reinfections

The first reinfected case in the world was confirmed in Hong Kong Monday.
26.08.2020 - 12:45

Belgium and the Netherlands confirmed coronavirus reinfection in patients who had previously recovered from the virus.

"IT IS NOT A GOOD NEWS"

According to Euronews, a woman in the city of Leuven was reinfected three months after her first case of coronavirus. Belgian virologist Marc Van Ranst said: “It is not a good news.”

Marion Koopmans, the head of the Erasmus MC Department of Virology, also confirmed a reinfected case in the Netherlands, reported Euronews.

According to the university research team, the “genetic sequencing showed the virus strains contracted by him in April and August were clearly different.”

“Many believe that recovered coronavirus patients have immunity against re-infection because most developed a serum neutralizing antibody response. However, there is evidence that some patients have waning antibody level after a few months," the researchers said.

The researchers said the patients who recovered after getting coronavirus should also wear masks and maintain social distancing.