Asymptomatic Man Tests Positive Again After 5 Negative Results

Story ByLee Bullen, Sub EditorJoseph Golder, AgencyNewsflash

A Chinese asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier in July who later tested negative five times has again been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

The 24-year-old patient, identified by his surname Li, first tested positive for the virus in July.

The asymptomatic carrier subsequently tested negative in five separate tests in two months before being diagnosed with COVID-19 again in the city of Weihui in the Chinese province of Henan on 2nd November.


Li, who is said to be in a stable condition in a city hospital, was first diagnosed with the virus in late July after returning home from Russia.

After being treated in the city of Hohhot in the northern Chinese region of Inner Mongolia, Li was discharged on 23rd September and told to isolate at home for a further two weeks.

He attended a wedding near the city of Xinxiang in Henan Province on 27th October and came home to Weihui later that evening.


At work on 30th October, Li underwent a nucleic acid test (NAT) which came back positive on 2nd November, according to the newspaper Global Times.

The local authorities are currently tracing Li’s contacts to advise them to self-isolate.

Health experts reminded citizens of the importance of wearing face masks and washing hands regularly when travelling or attending a social event.

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