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Tokyo man tests positive for coronavirus after death despite earlier negative result

This supplied electron micrograph shows the new coronavirus that was first identified in central China's Wuhan city. (Photo courtesy of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Japan)

TOKYO -- An 85-year-old man who initially tested negative for the novel coronavirus in April died the day after his result came out, and it was later confirmed he was infected with the virus, the Metropolitan Police Department told the Mainichi Shimbun.

Police said that according to his family, the resident of the suburban Tokyo city of Kodaira developed a fever around April 3 and received a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on April 8. His result came back negative on April 10.

On the next day, the man however, fell unconscious at his home and was taken to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead. A doctor who suspected pneumonia decided to conduct another PCR test, which came back positive for COVID-19 on April 14.

(Japanese original by Hironori Tsuchie, City News Department)

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