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Public Health England (PHE) released population surveillance data on potential coronavirus (COVID-19) reinfections on Thursday, saying the new data suggests a low risk of viruses in the population.

The data was released to help monitor and understand the risk of people contracting COVID-19 again. The data will be released regularly as part of PHE’s Weekly Surveillance Report, according to a statement.

Current data show that there is a low risk of reinfection with SARS-CoV-2. There were 15,893 possible reinfections with SARS-CoV-2 identified as of May 30, 2021 in England during the pandemic, out of nearly four million people with confirmed infections. This equates to about 0.4% of the cases that are reinfected.

“Understandably, people are concerned about whether they can get COVID-19 more than once. While we know that people can get viruses more than once, this data currently suggests that the COVID-19 reinfection rate is However, it is important that we do not become complacent with this, it is vital to have both doses of the vaccine and to follow the guidelines at all times to reduce the possibility of any infection, “said Dr. Susan Hopkins, COVID Strategic Director -19 in PHE.

“This data shows reinfections from June 2020 to the end of May 2021 and PHE will continue to analyze the impact of vaccines and disease severity on reinfections. Current evidence suggests that most reinfections will not cause symptoms. working to better understand the factors that make someone more likely to get COVID-19 again and also the impact of vaccine status, “added Hopkins on the impact of vaccines and disease severity on reinfections.

“There is currently no evidence that the Delta variant, or any other Variant of Concern, is more likely to cause reinfection than others, but we will monitor it closely,” Hopkins said.

Re-infection with SARS-CoV-2 is expected and previously reported; however, these data highlight that the overall risk, as detected through national surveillance, remains low. PHE is asking everyone who is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to accept the two-dose offer, as this will minimize the risk of reinfection, read the statement.

Population surveillance suggests that there were: 15,893 possible reinfections. Possible reinfection is identified when consecutive positive test results in the same person are at least 90 days apart.

These are reinfections that have not been sequenced, so we cannot be completely sure that they are not the same original infection, PHE said.

Possible reinfection is identified when sequencing the second test sample identifies a variant that is known to circulate now and / or not circulating at the time of the first test. According to the data, 478 probable reinfections were registered.

Meanwhile, a confirmed reinfection is where the sequences are available from each episode and the sequences are genetically distinct. 53 confirmed reinfections were recorded in the data by PHE.

Additionally, Dr. Sanjay Rai, a professor in the AIIMS Department of Community Medicine, said that vaccinating those who have recovered from COVID-19 is a wasteful expense.

“Global evidence has suggested that natural infection provides better and longer-lasting protection. There is no additional benefit to vaccination after natural infection. Vaccinating those who have recovered from COVID-19 is a wasteful expense,” said the Dr. Rai.

The UK Parliament’s House of Commons earlier on Wednesday approved the government’s proposal to postpone the deadline for lifting quarantine restrictions in England to July 19 due to the rise in COVID-19.

The number of new cases continues to grow in the UK, topping 9,000 infections a day on Wednesday.

The measure was proposed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on June 14 due to concerns about the third wave of the pandemic and the spread of the Delta strain of COVID-19. Authorities planned to completely lift the restrictions in England on June 21.

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