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Death due to corona or not? Know Supreme Court Opinion

The Union government has told the Supreme Court that the Ministry of Health and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have issued guidelines for ‘official documents’ in cases of deaths related to COVID-19. In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the Center also said that the Office of the Registrar General of India had issued a circular on September 3 for providing medical certificate of the cause of death to the next of kin of the deceased.

The government told the Supreme Court that the guidelines have been issued in respectful compliance of the judgment dated June 30, 2021 in Reapak Kansal v Union of India and others. According to them, in this, those cases of Covid-19 will be counted which have been detected by RT-PCR test, molecular test, rapid-antigen test or clinical method tests in a hospital.

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It said that factors such as death due to poisoning, suicide, death due to accident will not be considered as death from Covid-19, even if Covid-19 is a complementary factor. The Registrar General of India will issue necessary guidelines in this regard to the Chief Registrars of all the States and Union Territories.

The government told the court that according to the ICMR study, if a person dies within 25 days after being found infected, then such deaths will be considered due to Covid-19. But the government has extended this deadline to 30 days. That is, all the deaths that happen within 30 days of being found corona infected, the cause of death will be considered as coronavirus.

Significantly, the Supreme Court had directed the Center to make easy guidelines for the relatives of those who lost their lives due to corona infection, so that they can get the documents received from the body and other authorities regarding the death of their loved ones be easy too.

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