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States to offer compensation for Covid deaths: Centre

The families of those who die of Covid will receive ₹ 50,000 ($677) ex gratia from the state governments, the Centre has told the Supreme Court today. Compensation will be paid against not only for deaths that have already occurred but for future ones, too, the court was informed.

The funds will be paid by state governments sourced from their respective disaster response funds and will be channeled through the District Disaster Management Authority or the district administrations, the government said in an affidavit filed before with the Supreme Court.

India has recorded over 4.45 lakh Covid-related deaths since the pandemic broke out in January 2020.

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