Body of man who died on plane mid-flight to be tested for coronavirus

The body of a man who died on a plane mid-flight on Friday will be tested for the coronavirus, police have confirmed.

Police were notified that a passenger was in cardiac arrest aboard Emirates Flight EK237 from Dubai to Boston around 12.30pm on Friday.

The flight landed at 2.55pm and all other passengers exited the aircraft.

At approximately 3pm Boston EMS determined the passenger was deceased.

A total of 322 passengers and 18 crew members were aboard the Boeing 777 plane.

The passenger was a 59-year-old male from Worcester, Massachusetts.

He had travelled from Boston to Chennai, India on March 4 and had a layover in Dubai before his return flight.

“The male had been sick with gastrointestinal problems for several days prior to and including the day of his death,” state police said. “According to his next-of-kin, the male did not have any pre-existing medical conditions.

"In light of the man’s international travel, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in an abundance of caution will test for COVID-19 as part of its post-mortem examination.

"The State Police investigation remains open while we await those autopsy results."

It comes after experts predicted coronavirus could kill up to 1.7 million Americans.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a closed-door meeting in February that included officials and international epidemic experts to discuss the health crisis.

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had just hours earlier said the country would be put under partial lockdown amid the continuing coronavirus crisis.

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