Mexican officials are investigating ten private doctors and a government official who “forged 500 death certificates that did not list COVID-19 as the cause of death”
- Mexico City prosecutors are investigating a group of private doctors and a government official after at least 500 death certificates have been forged
- Prosecutors were warned by the Mexico City Health Protection Agency after it was established that the doctors never visited the homes or clinics where the deceased died
- Cause of death was reported as respiratory failure, atypical pneumonia or viral pneumonia – but it is feared that the coronavirus could be to blame
- COVID-19 has been reported as the cause of death of 3,456 people in the capital of Mexico
- Mexico has registered 12,545 coronavirus deaths in Latin America, the second highest after Brazil, reporting 34,021
- Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19
The Mexico City Prosecutor’s Office is investigating 10 private physicians and a government official, amid allegations that more than 500 death certificates were forged during the coronavirus pandemic.
Mexican newspaper El Universal reported on Friday that the investigation opened after the Federal District Health Protection Agency raised concerns about death certificates.
Causes of death have been reported as respiratory failure, atypical pneumonia, or viral pneumonia – but it is feared that it could be the cause of the coronavirus instead.
Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the doctors have not included coronavirus as the primary cause of death in the documents released during the ongoing global pandemic.
For unknown reasons, the doctors were also part of a scandal in which the death certificates were sold to third parties. At least 500 January death certificates were reported missing in May.
Sheinbaum has not revealed why the death certificates were such a premium.
Workers move the body of a COVID-19 victim to the crematorium at a Mexico City cemetery on June 2. The Mexico City Prosecutor’s Office opened an investigation into 10 doctors who reportedly left out the cause of death from
Cemetery workers dig Tuesday at San Lorenzo Tezonco Iztapalapa cemetery in Mexico City
DailyMail.com contacted the Mexico City Public Prosecutor’s Office for comment.
The Health Protection Agency was suspicious when it discovered that the doctors did not visit the homes or clinics where the infected patients died.
Of the 10 doctors examined, only three were identified by the public prosecutor’s office.
Figures released Friday showed 3,456 people had died of the virus in Mexico City, with 28,389 cases confirmed.
Mexico has reported 12,545 coronavirus deaths and 105,680 infections. Death totals are second in Latin America behind Brazil. Mexican health officials noted this week that there are at least 47,000 suspected cases in the country and that 314,063 people have been tested
Officials are concerned that false death certificates could pose a health hazard to family members if COVID-19 did indeed cause death.
It is not known what kind of punishment doctors can face if found guilty of withholding such information. The Department of Mexico City is expected to assign the case to a judge shortly.
In total, Mexico reported 12,545 deaths and 105,680 infections. Death totals are second in Latin America behind Brazil.
Brazil has registered the second highest number of confirmed cases in the world behind the United States with 614,941 patients who have become ill. The virus has killed 34,021 people, the third behind the United States and the United Kingdom.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador defended his government’s response to the outbreak after the death toll rose this week.
At least 2,000 new COVID-19 deaths were documented on Wednesday and Thursday.
Health officials said the fatalities included many deaths that happened weeks ago and are now reclassified.
Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell estimates that the epidemic could cause at least 35,000 deaths, but as many as 60,000 could die “in a catastrophic scenario.”
Mexico has at least 47,000 suspected cases in the country and 314,063 have been tested.