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Recovered COVID-19 patients could still transmit the virus, warn scientists

Recovered COVID-19 patients could still transmit the virus, warn scientists”

The researchers plan to continue following and assessing the participants to see if this natural immunity might last longer than five months in some.

"This means even if you believe you already had the disease and are protected, you can be reassured it is highly unlikely you will develop severe infections".

The PHE says it has been regularly testing tens of thousands of health care workers across the United Kingdom since June for new COVID-19 infections as well as the presence of antibodies, which suggest people have been infected before. The active cases tally on Saturday dropped to 2,691 from 2,795 the previous day, while the positivity rate dropped to 0.42 per cent. Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain had earlier said that the positivity rate had been below one per cent for the past several days, indicating improvement in the pandemic situation here.

Richter said the mixture of these natural antibodies, mixed with the vaccines now being rolled out, would help reduce cases.

Hopkins highlighted this during an interview with the BBC's Today program on Thursday.

And in the meantime, Richter stressed that people who have overcome Covid-19 should still follow all public health guidance to minimize transmission of the virus.

Hopkins stressed that people who had previously caught Covid-19 still needed to obey social distancing rules to avoid transmitting the disease.

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Simon Clarke, an associate professor in cellular microbiology at Reading University, said the study "has major implications for how we can get out of the current crisis".

Pfizer and BioNTech say they will limit the delays of their vaccine deliveries to just one week, after fears in Europe that shipments of the jabs could be slowed for up to a month.

While virologists have not found that this mutation and others, like one found in South Africa, cause more deadly illnesses, the ability to spread faster and infect more people could result in more deaths.

As the world scrambles to roll out vaccination programs to stop Covid-19, the global death toll from the fatal respiratory disease has crossed the grim two-million mark.

England is now under a stringent national lockdown after cases surged over the holiday period.

It took nine months for the world to record the first 1 million deaths from the novel coronavirus but only three months to go from 1 million to 2 million deaths, illustrating an accelerating rate of fatalities.



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