After SC’s rebuke, Center finally issued guidelines related to Kovid Death Certificate

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New Delhi
In the Supreme Court, the Central Government has said that guidelines have been issued regarding issuance of death certificate in the case of death related to Corona. It has been released by ICMR and Health Ministry. In the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the Center has said that the Registrar General of India has issued a circular on September 3 and has asked that medical certificates be issued to the next of kin of the deceased and the cause of death should be written. It has been said in the Supreme Court that the guidelines and circular have been issued on the basis of the judgment of the top court of 30 June. It has been said in the guidelines that even if discharged from the hospital after the confirmation of Kovid, even if death outside the hospital within 30 days of the test will be considered as Kovid death. According to the guidelines, if Kovid is detected in RTPCR test or antigen test or clinical investigation, then it will be considered as Kovid. But at the same time it has been said that if the cause of death is due to poison, suicide or accident, then it will not be considered as death due to Kovid even if it is confirmed in the Kovid test. The ICAMR study has found that 95 percent of the deaths occurred within 25 days of coming to the Kovid test positive. It has also been said that if the Kovid test is positive or it is known in a clinical way that Kovid happened and if death occurs within 30 days, then the cause of death will be written as Kovid. Even if the death took place outside the hospital. Also, it has been said in the guidelines that if a patient has got Kovid and he is continuously in the hospital and even if it has happened for more than 30 days, even then the death will be considered as Kovid death. In order to simplify the issue of certificates in the case of death from Kovid, guidelines were prepared and directed to present its implementation report before the Supreme Court on September 11. Earlier, on the last hearing, the Solicitor General had sought one more week’s time to complete these guidelines. The Supreme Court expressed its displeasure and said that the order is from a long time ago and time was given earlier also. The Supreme Court has asked the central government that the report regarding the implementation of the order given by the top court on June 30 in this matter should be presented before the court next week on September 11. During the hearing of the case in the Supreme Court, the petitioner advocate Gaurav Bansal had said that the order was passed by the Supreme Court on June 30 and the central government should respect and implement this order. The Supreme Court had issued a direction to simplify the process of issuance of death certificate in the case of death from Kovid and issue guidelines for the same. It was also ordered that the NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) should prepare guidelines within six weeks to give compensation to the families of those who died of Kovid.

[Attribution to NBT]

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