Death Due To COVID Or COVID-Related Complications Should Be Specifically Mentioned In Death Certificate: Supreme Court

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Case: Reepak Kansal vs Union of India & Gaurav Kumar Bansal vs Union of India

Coram: Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah

Case No: Writ Petition (Civil) No. 554 Of 2021

Court Observation: “In the death certificate also, if a person has died due to Covid-19 and/or any other complications/disease due to Covid-19, it should be specifically mentioned in the death certificate”

“It is the duty of the every authority to issue accurate/correct death certificates stating the correct and accurate cause of death, so that the family members of the deceased who died due to Covid-19 may not face any difficulty in getting the benefits of the schemes that may be declared by the Government for the death of the deceased, who died due to Covid-19”

“..we feel that the procedure should be as simplified as it can be. Therefore, a simplified procedure/guidelines is/are required to be issued by the Central Government and/or appropriate authority for issuance of an official document/death certificate stating the exact cause of death, i.e., “Death due to Covid-19″, to the family members of the deceased who died due to Covid-19”

“For guidance, such guidelines may provide if a person has died after he was found covid positive and he has died within two to three months, either in the hospital or outside the hospital or at home, the death certificate/official document must be issued to the family members of the deceased who died due to Covid-19 stating the cause of death as “Died due to Covid-19”. He/she might have died even due to other complications, however, due to Covid-19″

“The Appropriate Authority is directed to issue simplified guidelines for issuance of Death Certificates/official document stating the exact cause of death, i.e., “Death due to Covid-19″, to the family members of the deceased who died due to Covid-19”


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