With purchases of thousands of body bags, support for funeral expenses, opening of new crematoriums, expansion of cemeteries and even the excavation of a mass grave, at least eight states are ready for a catastrophic scenario due to the covid-19 crisis.
Baja California Sur, Mexico City, Durango, Hidalgo, Querétaro, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Veracruz have thus responded to the increase in deaths and infections.
In La Paz, BCS, the director of Panteones, Carmen Benítez, reported that a new crematorium will be opened and they are waiting for an oven – which they have just bought – to arrive next week.
Within days of entering the most critical stage, according to the estimation of the Ministry of Health, CdMx will publish in the official Gazette an aid protocol for funeral expenses, cremation and use of cemeteries.
The capital’s Ministry of Inclusion and Social Welfare reported that all that remains is to formalize collaboration agreements with funeral companies to provide the service.
In Durango, body bags have already been purchased, confirmed the state Secretary of Health, Sergio González, and commented that they already have a stock of ready-to-use material, “but hopefully it doesn’t come to that. You have to think about solving the issue. ”
The Official Branch of the Hidalgo government published the day before yesterday in its Official newspaper the call for public bidding for the acquisition of 1,760 bags for adult and children’s corpses.
These are 950 bags for adult bodies, made with odorant stabilizing plasticizing polyvinyl chloride resin, and 810 children’s bags with the same characteristics, in addition to another 42 biodegradable ones destined for hazardous waste and the same amount for infectious solid-biological waste from low density.
Another city council that is already preparing for the possibility of massive deaths from the pandemic is Querétaro, whose local Ministry of Public Services reported that it will make crypts available for victims of covid-19.
Once the council authorizes it, a thousand 24 places will be put up for sale that were built in the Cimatario Pantheon between November and December, as part of the maintenance work and expansion of spaces on the premises.
The authorities of Culiacán, Sinaloa, are looking for a land with at least a thousand spaces for those killed by the virus.
In Matamoros, Tamaulipas, a mass grave is enlisted to temporarily deposit corpses, in case the deaths from the coronavirus soar.
This week the excavation and preparation of graves began in the municipal pantheon of Santa Cruz, on the Matamoros-Reynosa highway.
The mayor of Xalapa, Veracruz, Hipólito Rodríguez, said that they are working on the expansion of cemeteries in case more spaces are required, as happens in the Bosques del Recuerdo pantheon. In addition, the Oaxaca government acquired 200 airtight bags for the victims for covid-19.
SSA AND SEGOB READ PROTOCOL
LAW PREVENTS INCINERATION OF BODIES
Over the next few days, the Secretaries of Health and the Interior will publish the criteria for the management of corpses and cremation will have to be eliminated during the health emergency in view of the reality of enforced disappearances that exist in Mexico.
The undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, assured that from the beginning of the talks the impossibility of applying cremation was identified, since there is a provision in the General Law of Victims that prevents it.
“It is inadmissible to consider cremation despite the fact that it is recommended in health terms, but it does not substantially affect the removal of this requirement in terms of protection against contagion,” he said.
He explained that the provisions establish that at all times there must be the possibility of searching for and identifying the disappeared; therefore, this guideline will be eliminated, despite the fact that it was contemplated in phase 1 and 2.
With information from: Margarita Rojas, Jorge Almazán, Leonardo Lugo, Édgar Rodríguez, Gilberto Lastra, Óscar Rodríguez, Jocelyn Estrada, Alejandro Reyes, Fanny Martínez, Estrella Álvarez, Salvador Arellano, Carolina Garza and Isabel Zamudio.