After four months of negative tests after recovering from an initial bout of Covid-19, a 45-year-old man in the Northern Greek city of Xanthi has tested positive for coronavirus once again.
After testing positive for the virus in April and recovering one month later, the man took a total of eight tests, all of which came back negative. His most recent tests, however, came back positive for Covid-19.
In the month of August, officials recorded a total of 23 Covid cases in Xanthi. In the beginning of the pandemic, the city was the site of a large outbreak.
Experts are still studying if the man had been re-infected or not. Some argue that positive test results after recovery may signal an immune response from the body, while others propose that they may indicate remnants of the virus are still present in the body from the initial infection.
Dr. Sotiris Tsiodras, an expert in infectious disease who rose to fame in Greece for his nightly news briefings during the height of the pandemic, has been alerted about the very unusual case.
If it is confirmed that the man has indeed been reinfected with the virus, it will be only the third such case in the world.
Greece has witnessed an uptick in cases in the past month, with 207 cases of the virus identified on Tuesday, along with five deaths.