The COVID-19 death curve in Mexico has increased in recent days: some funeral homes in the capital state that cremations in their ovens have increased 500 percent.
"In the case of Memorial San Ángel they are increasing cremations in our oven by 500%, ”said Marco Antonio Morales Sotarriba to Excelsior.
The manager of the company reported that in March and April they began to increase services by 20 or 30% compared to last year, "But now in May it is crazy, really", said.
Morales Sotarriba noted that at the funeral home, located south of Mexico City, there were 18 cases of deaths by COVID-19 in April, but From 1 to this Wednesday, May 20, 100 cremations have been carried out, of which 72 are confirmed by coronavirus and six remain suspected.
The manager stated that if things continue at this rate, it will take five times more than last year the number of people cremated in the ovens of the San Ángel Memorial, and that "has a lot to do" with those killed by COVID-19.
"They had said that by May 20 the number of deaths would start to drop and I don't see them going down, there is talk of an average of about 3,000 people infected each day and around 500 deaths a day, are the official figures, "he said.
The funeral sector has a season during the year where deaths increase: October and November due to pneumonia affecting older adults and newborns, according to Morales Sotarriba. Last season they had 62 services.
He stated that as of February 2020 the trend began to change because atypical pneumonias began to be reported, “out of context, because they were affecting younger people or those who had diabetes and hypertension, and all associated COVID-19 ″.
Regarding suspicious cases, people who are not yet registered or confirmed as official cases by COVID-19 but do have suspicions, bodies are treated with the same sanitation and precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
In addition, he explained that the funeral home is a business subject to supply and demand, but its prices do not rise, only they adjust them "considering the investment in equipment so that the personnel is not contagious".
"We had to buy those suits they look like astronauts, they are called Tyvek, special masks, mouthguards, double gloves, plus disinfection fluids"He stressed.
The Memorial San Ángel funeral home is enrolled in the support program of the Ministry of the Government of Mexico City to support "low-income people" with free cremations. This Saturday "two government cremations are scheduled," said Morales Sotarriba, in addition to remembering that a sanitary protocol has been followed since the 2009 H1N1 influenza epidemic.
The general director of Epidemiology, José Luis Alomía Zegarra, reported that at the cut of this May 22 add 6,989 deaths, 62,527 accumulated confirmed cases, and 13,347 active infections of COVID-19, reaching a new record.
The official also reported that there are 113,742 negative cases and 33,801 are suspects, out of a total of 210,070 tests carried out up to this day 61 of the National Day of Healthy Distance.
The Mexico City and the State of Mexico top the list of entities with the highest number of deaths from SARS-CoV-2. By contrast, Aguascalientes, Durango, and San Luis Potosí are the three with the lowest number of deaths.
This day there 814 suspicious deaths, which could be added to the total number of deaths from COVID-19 when the results are provided.
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