Pathanamthitta: In Kerala's Pathanamthitta district, a 62-year-old woman from Ranni, who tested positive for COVID-19 and has been under treatment at the District Hospital in Kozhenchery. She has not recovered from the disease yet. What is to be noted is that she is not displaying any symptoms like fever or throat infection. She has tested positive for the virus for the 19th time.

“The 62-year-old woman, who contracted the disease after she came in contact with a family who returned from Italy, tested positive even after 19 tests. She is not showing any symptoms. We tried combination drugs several times,” said Pathanamthitta district medical officer Dr N Sheeja.

The medical board declared her case a rare one. The woman and her daughter were admitted after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 10, according to reports. The woman has been in hospital for the last 43 days.

Her daughter was discharged on the first week of April. The woman is the neighbour of the family that returned from Italy. Experts said there were cases where patients recovered from the virus after 60 days. They also said the chances of the woman transmitting the virus was less.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had prescribed a 14-day incubation period for coronavirus but Kerala had extended it to 28 days to ensure that an asymptomatic person or a patient is disinfected completely.