The latest British Medical Association (BMA) guidance to doctors allows verification of death via video link with a "competent person" at the scene. Then, a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD) can be completed.
The BMA has also requested from the government that doctors who have never had contact with the deceased are permitted to complete the MCCD following a video link with the funeral director. A number of coroners have already agreed to this.
If there is any reason whatsoever to suspect the deceased may have had Covid-19 a doctor may put it on the MCCD. If Covid-19 appears anywhere on the MCCD the death can be recorded as a Covid-19 death.
So, if a person without Covid-19 dies, a doctor who has never met them, or even been in the same room as their corpse, can complete their death certificate and record the death as a Covid-19 death. All because the doctor may feel that there was a reasonable chance the deceased had the virus.
So a Covid-19 death can be recorded: where there is no meeting with the patient, no inspection of the body, no testing, no post-mortem and no anecdotal evidence of infection.
What could go wrong?