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Taiwanese man diagnosed with COVID after drowning

Man received post-mortem coronavirus test

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Tuesday (June 1) announced 13 deaths from COVID-19, including a man in his 60s who tested positive for the disease after drowning, CNA reported.

The drowned man had pre-existing chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. He ran a fever on May 20 and drowned on May 24. He was tested post-mortem for COVID-19 on May 25, however, his diagnosis was not confirmed until May 28.

CECC Spokesperson Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said that currently all people who do not die of natural causes and whose cause of death is deemed suspicious by prosecutors and police will be tested for COVID-19.

The 13 deaths, who were ten men and three women between 60 and 89 years old, also included three patients who were hospitalized for chronic conditions, but were infected with COVID-19 after coming into contact with confirmed cases in hospital, per CNA.

Updated : 2021-06-17 07:56 GMT+08:00