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Parliamentary questions
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31 March 2020
Question for written answer E-001945/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Mislav Kolakušić (NI)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Classification of people who are suffering from or have died of the coronavirus disease in the EU

Given the drastically different approaches to the classification of people who are suffering from or have died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Member States of the European Union;

Given the fact that in some Member States everyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 has apparently been declared ill, although they show no symptoms of active disease;

Given the fact that deceased people who had tested positive for COVID-19 are deemed to have died as a result of consequences related to COVID-19, even where this has not been proven by the clinical picture of the patients;

Given the fact that for the time being it is not clear whether there is a unique and specifically prescribed medical procedure for the registration and classification of casualties that unambiguously defines deaths caused by COVID-19, and the fact that this leads to some countries attributing far more casualties to COVID-19 than others;

I would like to put the following question to the Commission:

What are the responsible agencies of the Commission doing in order to set up a unique classification for people who are suffering from COVID-19 or have died of consequences related to it in the Member States of the European Union?

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