Kerala govt issues fresh guidelines for determining COVID-19 deaths

Thiruvananthapuram: The government of Kerala has issued a fresh set of guidelines for determining COVID-19 deaths. The latest guidelines are in line with the guidelines jointly issued by the central government and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on the recommendation of the Supreme Court, said Health Minister Veena George.

Covid Death Assessment Committees (CDAC) will be set up in all districts. The state medical board will train the officials concerned at the district level.

Each committee will comprise Additional District Majistrate (additional district collector), District Medical Officer, Additional District Medical Officer/District Surveillance Medical Officer (COVID), head of the department of medicine from a medical college (or DSO- non-COVID), and head of communicable diseases department or public health expert.

For information on the fatalities, an e-Health COVID Death Information Portal (https://covid19.kerala.gov.in/deathinfo/) has been prepared. It will become operational on October 10. Family members of those not included in the list may apply online, the minister said. All updates will be done online, she added.

Veena George said that the applications will be scrutinised before certificates are issued. All applications will be considered within 30 days.