A YOUNG and healthy Italian model is still testing positive for the coronavirus 56 days on from when she was first diagnosed.
Bianca Dobroiu, 23, was one of the first in her region to be diagnosed and was hospitalised in the Sant’Orsola hospital in the city of Bologna in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna on February 28 with a fever of 40.7C and diagnosed with Covid-19 on the same day.
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She was discharged on March 6 and told to stay isolated at home as non-serious coronavirus cases were not being treated in hospitals at the time.
Dobroiu, who is a student and model, remained in isolation and continued undergoing regular testing, giving four positive results and one unclear result.
Her sixth test last week was also positive and the hospital’s infection expert Luciano Attard said: “The patient was fine, but the tests kept on coming back positive.
“We are studying her case carefully. As far as we are concerned, nobody else in Italy has tested positive for so long. In general, positive results last no longer than four weeks.”
The student says she hopes to undergo more exhaustive blood analysis, according to local media reports.
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She says she does not have any symptoms or underlying conditions, so she is not too concerned by the results.
Dobroiu added that she is looking forward to going outside to have a walk and take in some fresh air as she remains at home with her mother who has tested negative three times.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Italy has registered 187,327 cases of the coronavirus, and 25,085 deaths.
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