No must be alarmed immensely over COVID-19 reinfection case reported in Hong Kong: ICMR


New Delhi, August 25

The apex well being analysis physique, ICMR, on Tuesday stated there may be “no need to be alarmed immensely” over the reinfection case of COVID-19 reported in Hong Kong, however on the similar time maintained that it isn’t but recognized how lengthy the immunity lasts in case of coronavirus.

At a press briefing, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director-General Balram Bhargava stated the Hong Kong case is a stray instance and the reinfection can rely on varied elements.

“We have read with interest the reports of reinfection in one case in Hong Kong. We are learning more and more about the disease as we go ahead. It can depend on several factors, one can be related to the patient itself, how is his immunity, how was his immune status, was it compromised. It can also depend upon the virus, whether the virus has mutated or turned virulent,” he stated.

However, just one case of re-infection has been reported and it is rather uncommon for viral infections, he stated.

Citing the instance of measles, he stated as soon as it impacts, it offers lifelong immunity. But hardly ever does one can get the measles a second time.

“Similarly, this is a stray example, but for this disease, we are trying to find out. We need to find out how long the immunity lasts. We need to closely follow it up, but at the same time we don’t need to be alarmed immensely about it,” Bhargava stated.

University of Hong Kong scientists have reportedly claimed to have the primary proof of somebody being reinfected with the virus that causes COVID-19 after genetic exams confirmed {that a} 33-year-old man coming back from a visit to Spain in mid-August had a unique pressure of the coronavirus than the one he was discovered contaminated with in March.

On sufferers dealing with post-COVID issues like respiratory and coronary heart issues, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan stated a gaggle of consultants is presently engaged on a steerage observe for individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 together with attainable issues which will come up and methods to deal with them. 

He stated the technical committee of area data consultants, referred to as a joint monitoring group (JMG) within the well being ministry headed by the DGHS, is engaged on the steerage observe.

The committee consists of area data consultants from totally different central authorities hospitals, AIIMS, New Delhi, WHO India workplace and even consultants from exterior the federal government.

To finalise the doc, the JMG is acquiring information of the recovered sufferers, particularly of those that have come again with sure issues after which have been handled, from central authorities hospitals and AIIMS throughout the nation.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 31,67,323 on Tuesday, whereas recoveries surged to 24,04,585 pushing the restoration fee to 75.92 per cent, in accordance with the Union Health Ministry information.

The demise toll climbed to 58,390 with 848 fatalities being reported in  24 hours, the information up to date at eight AM confirmed.  

Replying to a question, Bhargava stated, “I would say irresponsible and less cautious people who are not wearing masks and not maintaining social distancing are driving the pandemic in India.” PTI



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