A strange phenomenon is being observed in Taiwan that is getting scientist around the world baffled. A new surge barely a couple of weeks from the last is getting daily COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations up.
But what is strange about this new surge is that physicians are seeing many that were infected weeks ago getting re-infected again and what adds more to the confusion is that it’s the same variants that they were infected with in the last surge that is driving the re-infections irrespective of their vaccine status.
Taiwan started witnessing a drop in daily infection starting around the 28th and 29th of May 2022 till the 15th of August 2022.
The BA.5 and BA.4.6. initially caused the surge but later the BA.5.2.1, BA.5.2.16 (BF.16) and BA.2.3, BA.2.3.7 sub-lineages played a dominant role in the last few weeks of that surge.
However, since the 16th of August 2022, daily infections are climbing back steadily with almost 40,000 New cases reported on the 17th of September and 40 deaths. https://focustaiwan.tw/society/202209170004
What surprised researchers was that among those reported to be re-infected, new genomic sequencings of samples collated and and past records showed that the same variants are at play in most of the cases.