Covid patient reinfected with South Africa variant in serious condition in hospital

A COVID patient who was reinfected with the South African variant is in a serious condition in hospital.

The 58-year-old man with a history of asthma caught the variant four months after recovering from Covid-19 in France, according to the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal.

He was diagnosed with Covid in September after having a mild fever and shortness of breath.

The man recovered from the bug after a few days, and tested negative twice in December.

Last month, he was admitted to hospital after suffering from shortness of breath and a fever.

He tested positive for Covid again, and research found that he had the South African variant.

A week after arriving at the hospital, the man developed severe acute respiratory distress syndrome and had to be put on a ventilator.

He remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Testing found that he had antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

Studies have suggested that people who catch Covid are generally immune for at least six months.

There have been reports of reinfections even in those with antibodies.

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