'Dead' coronavirus particles cause recovered patients to test positive

South Korean health officials say recovered coronavirus patients may test positive to the virus for a second time due to "dead particles" in their system.

'Dead' coronavirus particles cause recovered patients to test positive

South Korean health officials say recovered coronavirus patients may test positive to the virus for a second time due to "dead particles" in their system.

The Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said 292 people in the country who were cleared of the deadly virus, later tested positive with officials originally thinking this was due to reinfection.

Now, it has been discovered that residual fragments of the virus are likely responsible.

"RNA fragments still can exist in a cell even if the virus is inactivated," Oh Myoung-don from the Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, told The New York Post.

"It is more likely that those who tested positive again picked up virus RNA that has already been inactivated."

Second-time diagnoses in South Korea continue to steadily rise – two weeks ago, repeat diagnoses accounted for 2 per cent of the country's recovered patients.

This week, the figure had risen to 2.7 per cent and 3.4 per cent among child patients.

The Korea Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says patients on average re-test positive 13.5 days after being cleared and discharged from quarantine – however, the time spanned up to 35 days.

"Contact tracing on these re-positive cases is also underway to identify the possibility of secondary infection," the KCDCP said.

"No new case has yet been confirmed that resulted from exposure to the re-positive cases. The contracts are still under monitoring."

Scientists studied 137 of the initial cases and reported 61 of the patients showed mild symptoms, 72 were asymptomatic and four others were still being studied.

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Thousands of medical students to boost Australia and New Zealand's hospitals

New paid positions have been created for almost 3800 final-year medical students to assist doctors and nurses fighting the pandemic.

Thousands of medical students to boost Australia and New Zealand's hospitals

Thousands of medical students could bolster hospital ranks in the event of a spike in coronavirus cases.

New paid positions have been created for almost 3800 final-year medical students to assist doctors and nurses fighting the pandemic.

Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand welcomed Friday's announcement, saying it would help students continue their studies.

President Richard Murray said the virus had risked knocking a year off medical students' education.

"No student, no future. If you don't have students progressing through university you don't get doctors graduating," Professor Murray told AAP.

"That has a big impact on our ability as a nation to look after people, let alone at a time when we may be facing a higher level of need as a result of COVID-19."

He said deployment would depend on the need in different states and territories, with the students to help healthcare workers in the background.

There were 3771 final-year students across the country, with NSW having the lion's share, according to the MDANZ.

The students would bolster triage roles, help out GPs or support for specific response units.

Coronavirus had seen students face delays to their hands-on learning in some parts of the country, but they would now be employed in paid learning roles, Prof Murray said.

He said the students would still be supervised so they could learn while providing a healthcare service.

"Students have a very important part to play in making sure the healthcare system continues to function," Prof Murray said.

Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the country needed its final-year medical students.

"We cannot overstate the importance of working together to put patient care first and also support the vital need to continue the clinical training of our students," he said.

Health Minister Greg Hunt said medical students were ready, willing and able to help Australia's healthcare system.

"(They) will free up senior doctors and nurses to treat COVID-19 cases," he said.

Education Minister Dan Tehan said it was a testament to Australia's health and education systems that they had been able to create the new positions.

"We want to encourage student placements to continue where it is safe and possible to do so," he said.

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