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Kerala: Govt has nothing to hide; Covid deaths are certified by doctors, Health Minister
Kerala: Govt has nothing to hide; Covid deaths are certified by doctors, Health Minister

Thiruvananthapuram: Deaths due to Covid-19 are certified by the doctors, said Kerala Health Minister Veena George. Flaws in the list of Covid deaths will be examined. The government has nothing to hide, said the minister while talking to the media.

A new transparent and decentralized online system has been put in place to report deaths due to the virus, George told reporters on Thursday, a day after the Supreme Court directed the National Disaster Management Authority to issue guidelines in six weeks for ex-gratia compensation to families of those who died of Covid.

There is a new transparent on line system to report pandemic deaths. When a Covid patient passes away, the doctor concerned or the hospital superintendent has to report the matter within 24 hours. The information is then updated into the system, the minister told reporters here. Kerala is a state where 100 percent births and deaths are reported. It is not as if the state decides on which death to be categorised as due to Covid or not, she said. "The state government has nothing to hide on the matter and earlier also based on the ICMR and WHO guidelines Covid deaths were being reported," the minister said when asked about the Opposition charge that the government was not considering deaths due to post Covid complications as fatalities due to the disease.

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