Florida set another bleak record on Tuesday, recording nearly 200 deaths from COVID-19 recorded overnight, but in recent days the ominous spectacle outside the funeral home has sent tremors through the city of Miami – a refrigerated trailer for storing bodies.
Rumors that the corpses of coronavirus victims are being held there – and unfounded fears that the bodies could spread the disease – have sparked several protests in recent days near the San Jose funeral home in Hialeah.
“We went to the funeral home to ask about it, and they told us that they were fit and that they had infected COVID-19 bodies that they kept in that container,” said Liliana Vazquez Acosta, who lives near the funeral home. which first sounded the alarm, told The Miami Herald.
Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez acknowledged that the remnants contained remains, but said “there are no bodies of people killed by COVID-19 in the refrigerated container.” property that is beyond the attention of neighbors.
“It’s never been a danger to anyone,” he told NBC News. “The Hialeah Department of Health has been finishing this from the beginning. I understand that it worries people who live nearby, but it’s a side effect of the times we live in.”
Maria Villatoro, vice president of funeral home operations, would not confirm whether there were people in the trailer’s body who died from the coronavirus, but said on Tuesday that they wanted to be good neighbors.
“While there is no risk that we have demonstrated to health officials, elected officials and the police when they inspected the facility, because of the many understandings and sympathies for our neighbors, we have worked with the mayor and other officials to relocate our special care, away from our neighbors to the other side of our property, “she said in a statement.
Even if there are residues of COVID-19 in the trailer, they pose little danger to the living, the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
COVID-19 is mainly distributed “when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks,” the instructions said. “This route of transmission is not a concern when handling human remains or performing posthumous procedures. A person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object with a virus and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly eyes. This is not considered the main way the virus spreads. “
The death toll in Florida jumped to 64,040 on Tuesday after the State Department of Health reported a record 191 deaths, according to NBC News. This is the highest figure in 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic.
In other developments:
- The death rate in the United States from the pandemic has increased by more than 150,000, confirmed NBC News. As of Tuesday afternoon, 150,104 deaths were recorded out of 4340,149 cases. According to the Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University, the United States, with a large margin, leads the world in the number of deaths and cases of Covid-19.
- Texas has changed the way coronavirus mortality is recorded, resulting in a massive increase in deaths per night. This indicates that the number of recent deaths in Texas was almost 6,300, according to the latest NBC News. “The Texas Department of Public Health is currently counting deaths on death certificates caused by COVID-19,” The Texas Tribune reported. “Previously, the state relied on local and regional health departments to check and report deaths.”
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