Supreme Court asks Centre to issue rules on covid death


Covid-19 will not be considered a cause of death for people who die by poisoning, suicide, homicide and accidents, according to CDC guidelines. Guidelines for issuing an “official document” in cases of Covid-related deaths have been issued jointly by the Union Health Ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

RT-PCR, Molecular Tests, Rapid Antigen Tests, or cases diagnosed by a physician while an individual is. admitted to a hospital or in-patient facility are considered Covid cases, according to guidelines submitted by the government to the Supreme Court in a case seeking compensation.

While an ICMR study indicates Covid-19 deaths occur within 25 days of testing positive, the guidelines state that the government will consider deaths that take place within 30 days of diagnosis as Covid-19 deaths, regardless of whether the death takes place in or outside of a hospital. Basically, this is being done to make the scope (of the provision) broader and more inclusive.

A Covid-19 death will also be defined as one that did not meet the criteria for resolution or death at home, but does have a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death… that has been submitted to the registering authority as required under Section 10 of the Registration of Birth and Death Act, 1969. Covid-19 deaths resulting from poisoning, suicides, homicides, accidents, etc, won’t be considered because the virus infection is an accompanying condition, says the guideline. Advocates Gaurav Kumar Bansal and Reepak Kansal had sought Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia for the victims of Covid-19. The Centre conveyed the same in an affidavit filed in compliance with Supreme Court orders.

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It was requested that the Centre issue simplified guidelines for issuing official documents to family members of Covid-19 victims, which would also enable them to correct documents issued by the municipal or other authorities.

In the hearing on September 3, the Court pointed out that on June 30 it gave instructions to simplify guidelines for the issue and correction of death certificates and official documents stating the exact cause of death, that is, “Death due to Covid-19”, so the dependents could get welfare benefits. In seeking to determine why the guidelines were delayed, it asked why there was a delay.

When a family is not satisfied with the cause of death stated on the municipal certificate, the state or union territory must form a committee of officials, medical experts, and subject experts. Covid’s family has also been informed by the Centre that the Registrar General has issued a circular regarding the provision of a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death. A grievance should be resolved within 30 days of the submission of the application for issuing the official document and issuing the official document.

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