Story By: Marija Stojkoska, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Central European News
A four-year-old Italian girl has remained in isolation for four months because her COVID-19 tests keep giving varying results.
The unnamed girl from the Italian city of Milan in the northern region of Lombardy first felt COVID-19 symptoms 120 days ago along with other family members.
The tot’s mother told local newspaper Corriere della Sera: “Some family members showed symptoms in March, but nothing serious.
“This is why we did not go to hospital and were not tested.”
However, the girl had a fever shortly afterwards and they took her to A&E where doctors checked her lungs but did not carry out a swab test, and she was sent home on 24th March, according to Corriere della Sera.
Her mother kept her in isolation for 14 days and the girl left the house for the first time in May.
However, blemishes appeared on the girl’s hands on 14th May and she was taken to hospital again.
The mum explained: “I was so scared. At that time, there was a lot of talk about Kawasaki syndrome being linked to COVID in children.”
At hospital, the girl underwent a swab test which gave a weak positive result.
Four subsequent tests have since shown varying results including positive, weak and negative and she has remained in isolation.
To be confirmed as a recovered patient, the girl needs to give two consecutive negative test results 24 apart, according to local newspaper Sky TG24.
The mother said: “Everyone has confirmed to me that the girl is no longer contagious, but no one will take the responsibility to release her.”
She also explained that the girl is starting to display some behavioural changes after spending so much time at home and no longer wants to be touched or get into a car with anyone.
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