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Deaths of all coronavirus patients to be classified as Covid-19 fatalities, Centre tells SC

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The Centre on Saturday told the Supreme Court that deaths of all citizens diagnosed with the coronavirus infection will be classified as Covid-19 deaths, irrespective of the comorbidities, reported Bar and Bench.

In an affidavit, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that exceptions can be made in the death certificates only if there is a clear alternative cause of death that cannot be attributed to the infection. The affidavit added that action will be taken against doctors not complying with the rule, reported NDTV.

So far, only deaths of coronavirus patients that took place in hospitals were certified as Covid-19 fatalities. The Centre’s submission came amid reports suggesting underreporting of Covid-19 deaths in many states.

Data from Bihar’s Civil Registration System has shown that there were about 82,500 more deaths in the state between January and May, as compared to the same period in 2019. These deaths were recorded amid the second wave of coronavirus. However, Bihar’s official Covid-19 toll for the January-May period is a much lower at 7,717, casting doubts on the state’s data on coronavirus fatalities.

In Tamil Nadu, non-governmental organisation Arappor Iyakkam in Chennai has alleged discrepancies in the state government’s figures on Covid-19 deaths between April and May.

On May 14, Gujarati newspaper Divya Bhaskar had revealed the extent of underreporting of Covid-19 deaths by the…

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