COVID-19: Thailand confirms 29 new cases, 3 deaths

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It's unclear how long the coronavirus survives in the body after death.

Health professionals are now asking forensic and pathology experts all over the world to take precautionary steps that will help them stop contracting the virus.

The first case of a dead body transmitting the coronavirus to a living person has been reported by scientists in Thailand, according to reports.

It appears to be the first case of transmission between the dead and the living in any country.

In a worrying trend, Maharashtra on Wednesday reported 232 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of the virus-infected patients in the state to 2,916, a Health official said, adding that nine more people have died due to the infection, taking the death toll so far to 187. This makes it hard to get a clear picture of the situation.

"Autopsies and the ensuing investigations pose real risks for coroners to get infected by Covid-19".

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The authors said people in forensic work "have to wear protective devices including a protective suit, gloves, goggles, cap and mask".

"The disinfection procedure used in operation rooms might be applied in pathology/forensic units too", wrote the authors.

He said the tour guide did not have an underlying disease, but had a history of coming in close contact with a client who previously tested positive for the virus.

"Those handling bodies should be aware that there is likely to be a continuing risk of infection from the body fluids and tissues of cases where coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) infection is identified", the UK's chief healthcare advisory body said on March 31.

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