Use of the ambiguous phrase "died having tested positive for Covid19/Coronavirus

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Please can you explain why the phrase "died having tested positive for Covid19/Coronavirus" is used in your news reports?

Does this phrase mean that someone died of something completely unrelated to Covid19/Coronavirus but had coincidentally tested positive for the virus?

Who advised that the phrase "died having tested positive for Covid19/Coronavirus" should be used during your news reports?

Yours faithfully,

M Jones

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear M Jones

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 19th June 2020.  We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20200801.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
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Email: [BBC request email]

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