Doctors Urged Not to Cite COVID-19 for Deaths

NTD Newsroom
By NTD Newsroom
January 18, 2023China in Focus

In China, some doctors are saying they’ve been ‘instructed’ on how to certify COVID-19 deaths.

Amid what some experts are calling a peak of Beijing’s COVID-19 wave, hospitals are posting out a notice.

Citing a directive from China’s National Health Commission, the post says doctors should “try not to” list COVID-19 on death certificates.

Instead, they must report related cases to their superiors for inspection by authorities before they can decide on what cause of death to confirm on the certificates.

Several doctors in other Chinese hospitals said they received similar instructions, either verbally or via hospital policy announcements.


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