President Trump moved to replace the top watchdog at the Department of Health and Human Services after her office released a report on the shortages in testing and personal protective gear at hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic.
After a viral video showed numerous deceased coronavirus patients in body bags inside and outside a Mexican hospital, families are calling on doctors to give them updates on their loved ones fighting the disease.
In a video posted to social media, a woman is heard crying at the sight of cadavers throughout Las Americas general hospital in Ecatepec, Mexico, which has not released much information on those being treated for the virus, according to Reuters.
Maria Dolores Carrillo recounted in a TV interview Friday that she was trying to obtain her sons remains after he died at the hospital.
The only thing I demand is that they give me the full body of my son, she said.
The same could be said for Fernanda Garcia, who witnessed firsthand how the hospital would not be releasing patient information. Garcia, whose husband died at the hospital after being admitted for respiratory problems, told Reuters she only recently received her husbands body from Las Americas.
The family members became angry because many had been here for days without news of their relatives, she said.
Ecatepec, located less than 30 minutes from Mexico City, is among the national municipalities worst affected by the virus, with 407 confirmed cases and 28 deaths, Reuters reported. Las Americas is run by the state Health Ministry.
In a statement, Mexican authorities said that the hospital would aim to expedite how quickly families received the bodies of their loved ones.
Coordination with funeral homes in the area has been strengthened with the aim to speed up the delivery of bodies and avoid the saturation in the Pathology Area of the Las Americas hospital, the Mexican government said.