New Delhi: George Floyd, the 46-year-old Afro American male whose death in police custody triggered massive protests in US and other parts of the world, had previously tested positive for COVID-19 on April 3, just days before his death on May 25, revealed a full autopsy report.
However, according to the 20-page autopsy report published by Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office, the infection was not a factor that caused the death of Floyd.
Floyd was “known to be positive for 2019-nCoV RNA on 4/3/2020” and the “autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from the previous infection,” stated the autopsy report.
“PCR positivity for 2019-nCoV RNA can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease,” which is the reason why COVID-19 was detected during the autopsy, according to the report.
Chief examiner, Andrew Baker, has found that Floyd suffered from several injuries, including “cutaneous blunt force injuries” on his forehead, face, and upper lip.
He also had “mucosal injuries” inside his lips, “blunt force injuries” on his shoulders, hands, elbows, and legs.
The examination also found “patterned contusions of the wrists”, caused by restraints due to handcuffs.
The report said Floyd suffered from some underlying conditions like “arteriosclerotic heart disease”, “hypertensive heart disease” and an “incidental” tumour on his left pelvic.
Two autopsies have found that Floyd’s death was a homicide. However, both the autopsies differed on the question of the cause of death.