SC on COVID-19 casualties and difficulties faced by the family members
The Apex Court expressed its concern regarding the difficulties which the family members of deceased COVID-19 patients have to face while obtaining the required medical certificates.
The bench further referred to an instance from the second wave and remarked that back then the hospitals were in a hurry to dispose of the bodies without providing any certificates and were behaving like monarchs.
The bench expressed its concerns with the Central Government while hearing an application which sought for compliance of directions which had been issued by the instant court in the month of June. In the respective order, the apex court had issued directions regarding compensation for COVID-19 deaths and for simplifying the procedure laid down for the collection of death certificates, in COVID cases.
In response to this, the Solicitor General had submitted an affidavit on behalf of the Union, wherein it stated that those COVID-19 cases which had not been resolved and the patient had passed away either under hospital settings or at home, and a MCCD had issued to the registering authority in a specific format, would be considered as a death due to COVID-19.
The particulars regarding the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) had been mentioned under Section 10 of Registration of Birth and Death, 1969.
The Solicitor General clarified the stand of the Union and submitted that the Centre has taken measures in order to extend benefits to maximum possible citizens who’ve lost their family members due to the COVID-19.
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