Autopsy reveals George Floyd had Covid-19, not to blame for his death

Autopsy reveals George Floyd had Covid-19, not to blame for his death

- George Floyd, who was killed by a white policeman in America, had Covid-19, a postmortem nasal swab has found

- The deceased was likely asymptomatic and the condition was not the cause of his death

- Floyd tested positive for the disease on April 3

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A postmortem nasal swab has found that George Floyd had Covid-19 when he died, but it didn't play a role in his death.

The autopsy report, which was released publicly with permission from Floyd's family, indicated that Floyd tested positive for the disease on April 3.

Briefly.co.za learned that the medical examiner said the 46-year-old man was likely asymptomatic when he died, Forbes reports.

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Autopsy reveals George Floyd had COVID-19, but it wasn't a factor in his death

A mural of George Floyd. Photo credit: Getty Images
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Floyd was killed by a police officer who knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

The medical examiner found Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained, ruling his death a homicide.

A separate autopsy commissioned by Floyd’s family, however, found the cause of death to be asphyxia.

Meanwhile, Derek Chauvin, the US police officer who was seen in a video kneeling on Floyd's neck, has been charged with murder.

This followed widespread protests over his death. Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a fake $20 note in a shop. Chauvin has now been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, prosecutors said.

Darnella Frazier, a 17-year-old black teenager, was the person who recorded the video that went viral and saw protests against police brutality and systemic racism erupt across the country.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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