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Patient with severe disease might be diagnosed with Covid-19 despite negative tests

Source : 112 Ukraine

In other words, this person contacted or stayed in the focus of the infectious disease
21:08, 18 May 2020

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A person with a severe disease might be diagnosed with Covid-19 even with negative results of polymerase chain reaction test, when it is an epidemiologically tied case as Ukrayinska Pravda reported citing Head of Public Health Center Ihor Kuzin.

“We also face cases when despite the clinical picture and contact with a person with confirmed Covid-19, the test does not show a positive result. In other words, this person contacted or stayed in the focus of the infectious disease or it is medical workers who work with people infected with coronavirus but any laboratory method confirmed the virus. These cases are put in the overall statistics. There are less than 200 such cases in the country,” he explained.

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He also added that 7-8,000 tests are taken within a day; 1,000 of them are re-testing of people who are discharged or those who had a controversial result.

As of 9 a.m. May 18, Ukraine reports the overall number of 18,616 cases of infection with Covid-19. 535 people succumbed to the disease. Another 5,276 recovered from coronavirus.

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