Ten private doctors and a government official “falsified 500 death certificates”


The Mexico City prosecutor’s office is investigating 10 private doctors 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 was opened after the Federal District Health Protection Agency raised concerns over death certificates.

Causes of death have been listed as respiratory failure, atypical pneumonia or viral pneumonia – but there are fears the coronavirus was to blame instead.

Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said doctors had not included the coronavirus as the leading cause of death in documents released during the ongoing global pandemic.

For unknown reasons, doctors were also part of a scandal in which death certificates were sold to third parties. At least 500 death certificates from January were reported missing in May.

Sheinbaum did not reveal why the death certificates were so valuable.

Workers move the body of a COVID-19 victim to a cemetery crematorium in Mexico City on June 2. The Mexico City prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into 10 doctors who allegedly omitted the cause of death of

Cemetery workers dig graves at San Lorenzo Tezonco Iztapalapa cemetery in Mexico City on Tuesday

Cemetery workers dig graves at San Lorenzo Tezonco Iztapalapa cemetery in Mexico City on Tuesday

DailyMail.com has contacted the Mexico City prosecutor’s office for comment.

The Health Protection Agency raised suspicions when it discovered that doctors were not visiting residences or clinics where infected patients had died.

Of the 10 doctors examined, only three were identified by the prosecution.

Figures released Friday showed 3,456 people had died from the virus in Mexico City, which had 28,389 confirmed cases.

Mexico has reported 12,545 coronavirus deaths and 105,680 infections.  Its death toll ranks it second in Latin America behind Brazil.  Mexican health authorities noted this week that there are at least 47,000 suspected cases in the country and 314,063 people have been tested

Mexico has reported 12,545 coronavirus deaths and 105,680 infections. Its death toll ranks it second in Latin America behind Brazil. Mexican health authorities noted this week that there are at least 47,000 suspected cases in the country and 314,063 people have been tested

Officials fear that fake death certificates could pose a threat to the health of family members in the event that COVID-19 does indeed cause the deaths.

It is not known what kind of legal sanction doctors could face if they were found guilty of withholding such information. The public prosecutor of Mexico City is expected to hand the case over to a judge shortly.

Overall, Mexico has reported 12,545 deaths and 105,680 infections. Its death toll ranks it second in Latin America behind Brazil.

Brazil recorded the second highest number of confirmed cases in the world behind the United States with 614,941 sick patients. The virus has killed 34,021 people, third behind the United States and the United Kingdom.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended his government’s handling of the outbreak after the number of reported deaths rose this week.

At least 2,000 new deaths from COVID-19 were documented on Wednesday and Thursday.

Health officials said the deaths included many deaths that occurred weeks ago and have now been reclassified.

Deputy Health Minister Hugo López-Gatell estimates that the epidemic could cause at least 35,000 deaths, but that up to 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.


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