Dozens of bodies have been found floating on the Ganges in eastern India as the coronavirus crisis worsens.
Health officials working through Monday night recovered 71 bodies, Bihar state officials said.
The images on social media sparked outrage and speculation that the people who made them up died from coronavirus.
Authorities carried out post-mortem examinations on Tuesday, but said they could not confirm the cause of death due to the decomposing bodies.
Other corpses were found floating in the river on Tuesday, washed up in Ghazipur district in neighboring Uttar Pradesh.
Police and villagers were at the site, about 50 km from Monday’s incident.
“We are trying to find out where these corpses come from? How did they get here? Said Mangla Prasad Singh, a local official.
India on Tuesday confirmed nearly 390,000 new cases of the coronavirus, including 3,876 additional deaths.
Globally, the country had the second highest number of confirmed cases after the United States with nearly 23 million and more than 240,000 deaths.
The true totals will likely be much higher due to reporting difficulties.
Pic: Officials monitor the Ganges river where bodies were washed in Uttar Pradesh, AP