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Example of Covid-19 related death 6/12

Here is an example of a COVID-19 related death.

A 20-year-old male, who was a COVID-19 person under investigation, was brought to hospital with a severe head injury due to a Motor Vehicle Accident, which occurred on his way home from the testing site.  He was admitted to ICU for stabilisation, where he developed a subarachnoid haemorrhage and died 24 hours later.  His admission COVID-19 test returned positive.”

In this case,

• The underlying cause of death was clearly due to trauma. The immediate cause of death is Subarachnoid haemorrhage, reported in Part 1, line a.
• This was caused by the Head injury reported in Part 1, line b.
• The underlying cause of death is the Motor vehicle accident, reported on the lowest used line of Part 1.

COVID-19 does not fit into the causal sequence leading to death but may have contributed. Thus,

• Confirmed COVID-19 is recorded in Part 2 of the death certificate as a contributing condition.