AIIMS to conduct first autopsy to study how long Coronavirus can survive in dead bodies

AIIMS Coronavirus

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is planning to conduct the first ever autopsy in the country on a patient who died due to COVID-19. It aims to study how long the virus survives inside dead bodies and whether it infects others or not.

“We are coordinating for a medical research autopsy. The clinical findings of the case along with various laboratory reports and imaginings will have to be studied before we conduct a autopsy,” Dr Sudhir Gupta, head of department of forensic medicine and toxicology, AIIMS, was quoted as saying by a ET report

The findings are crucial as the paranoia that surrounds handling the body is disturbing and will clear the air, said Gupta. “There are restrictions for the relatives to abide. The dead body is given in a plastic bag.

Once we know the behaviour of Covid-19 infection in the body, we will be able to put to rest many such questions,” he said.

With more than 6,000 new cases of infections, the highest single-day spike in the novel coronavirus cases on Friday morning, the total tally in India has moved to 1.18 lakh.

Registering an increase of 6,088 cases and 148 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in India stood at 1,18,447 on Friday morning. According to the latest bulletin on Covid-19 put out by the Union health ministry, the total number of cases in India includes 66,330 active cases with the death toll at 3,583.

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