WHO Director-General Tedros: warns against reinfection by recovered COVID-19 patients
The World Health Organisation has warned that recovering from coronavirus may not protect people from reinfection as the death toll from the pandemic zoomed past 200,000 around the globe on Saturday.
WHO gave the warning as some countries began to ease restrictions, putting economic recovery ahead of expert cautions that lifting them too soon risks a second wave of infections.
According to WHO, there is still no evidence that people who test positive for the new coronavirus and recover are immunised and protected against reinfection.
“There is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from #COVID19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection,” WHO said in a statement.
“People who assume that they are immune to a second infection because they have received a positive test result may ignore public health advice,” it said.
Latest count of confirmed COVID19 cases worldwide at 0600 GMT, April 26
Latest counts of deaths from the virus worldwide at 0600 GMT
UK : 20,319