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Registration of a Coronavirus Covid-19 death

Coronavirus is a notifiable disease. This means the death has to be notified to Public Health England, not the Coroner. 

When someone dies, a doctor involved in their care has to complete a death certificate. This is known as a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD). If they believe the person has died from Coronavirus, the death should be registered as: 

  • 1a) COVID-19

The death does not need to be reported to the coroner.

View the relevant General Register Office guidance.

Current legislation and guidance documents

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