George Floyd, whose death sparked mass protests accros the world, tested positive for Covid-19 in a test taken after his death, according to Hennepin County's new autopsy report released earlier today.
The post-mortem nasal swab was found to be "positive for 2019-nCoV RNA," said the report, using another term for the type of coronavirus that causes Covid-19, reports CNN.
Chief Medical Examiner Dr Andrew Baker said the type of test performed for the autopsy, called PCR, can show a positive result "for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease."
As a result, Baker said, "the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection" -- meaning the virus played no known role in Floyd's death and he was unlikely to have been contagious.
Floyd died on 25 May after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer.