Explainer: Covid-19 noted on death certificates despite other reasons

Explainer: Covid-19 noted on death certificates despite other reasons

- Many citizens have questioned why Covid-19 was registered as the cause of death even if their loved ones had died of other reasons

- Some claimed that the figures on the pandemic were being inflated due to the death being recorded as such

- However, the Western Cape Department of Health has provided some clarity on this situation

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Numerous South Africans have wondered why the cause of death after a loved one passed away was noted as Covid-19 despite obvious other reasons for the fatality.

Some believe that this is skewing the pandemic statistics with deaths recorded as related to the virus and not other issues such as kidney disease.

News24 reports that the Western Cape Department of Health has explained that Covid-19 related deaths were regarded as a natural cause.

Briefly.co.za gathered that this means an autopsy is not required to establish what other causes contributed to the death.

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During a recent meeting, the government expanded on this issue, with the Ministerial Advisory Committee recommending that a distinction is made between patients who have died while infected with the virus.

The suggestion was to differentiate between patients who perished as having Covid-19 present, related or caused fatalities.

Dr Keith Cloete, who heads the Western Cape Health Department, explained that because the virus was viewed as a natural cause of death it was not required to establish contributing factors.

Unlike when trauma is the cause of death an autopsy is not needed to investigate other reasons for the fatality.

Cloete revealed that with an 'unexplained death' a sample was taken to be analysed and if Covid-19 was present it was recorded as a virus-related death.

The official said that 5 of the young people recorded as having Covid-19 related deaths showed clear indications that the death was caused by something else.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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