New Delhi, July 1: The Supreme Court of India has made it clear that a death certificate issue in respect of a Covid fatality must clearly specify the cause of death as COVID itself.
Also, if a person has died due to any other complications or disease due to COVID, then also the death certificate should specifically mention the cause of death as COVID.
Presently, death certificates do not mention cause of death. This is due to the bar placed under Section 17 of the Registration of Births and Deaths Act, 1969. This provision states that "no extract relating to any death, issued to any person, shall disclose the particulars regarding the cause of death as entered in the register."