SC expresses satisfaction over guidelines on corona death certificates

New Delhi, 13 September: The Supreme Court has expressed satisfaction over the guidelines of the government in the matter of issuing death certificate on death from Covid-19.

The court said that if the corona victim commits suicide, the provision of not writing corona as the cause of death should be reconsidered.

A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud ordered the next hearing of the matter on September 23.

The Supreme Court expressed hope that by then the government will also take a decision on compensation.

The Central Government has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that the Ministry of Health and ICMR have issued guidelines regarding the corona death certificate. It has been said in the guidelines that if the death occurs within 30 days of the report coming positive, then it will be considered as a death due to corona.

It has been said in the guidelines that if a corona patient dies due to poison, suicide, murder or any accident, then it will not be considered as death due to corona.

It has been said in the affidavit that if a corona patient dies at home or hospital, then the cause of death will be written corona in Form-4 and 4A which will be issued under section 10 of the Registration of Birth and Death Act.

It has been said in the affidavit that the Registrar General of India will soon issue necessary guidelines to the Chief Registrars of all the states and union territories in this regard.

On September 3, a bench headed by Justice Chandrachud had said that by the time you take steps, the third wave would have come and gone.

On June 30, the court had said that the families of those who died of corona should get financial help. However, the court had refrained from deciding how much this help would be.

The court had said that it is the statutory duty of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to fix the compensation.

The court had directed the NDMA to issue guidelines within six weeks as to the amount to be given as compensation. After the deaths from Corona, the Supreme Court had directed to issue guidelines to simplify the process of death certificate.

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