Shocking footage has emerged of black smoke billowing from a crematorium that has become overwhelmed by Covid victims.
Footage taken by residents near the San Xavier crematorium in Guanajuato state, Mexico, captures a train of black smoke filling up the sky.
The visible fumes can be seen a kilometre away from the crematorium.
Resident Regina Aranda, who shared the footage on Twitter, complained a horrible stench followed the smoke
She said: “It is unbearable living with this smoke.”
She also claimed that the crematorium has ignored punishments from the local authorities and keeps burning bodies without any attempt to control the smoke emissions, said to be way over the legal limit.
According to local media, other locals feared that the smoke could carry coronavirus and infect others.
However, the World Health Organisation has previously ruled Covid cannot transmit in such a way.
The municipal government of Leon reported that there is an open investigation following complaints and that they will check the matter to make sure all the proper rules are being followed by the crematorium.
Daniel Diaz Martinez of the Secretariat of Health in Guanajuato told the newspaper Milenio that inspectors have been sent to the crematorium to investigate the case. He added that after the report, the crematorium was ordered to shut down temporarily.
He also said that they will keep monitoring the crematorium to be sure they follow the authorities’ guidelines.
Guanajuato is one of the Mexican states worst hit by the coronavirus, which has caused hospital saturation of 84% – currently the highest in the country.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has registered 1,825,519 cases of Covid-19 and 155,145 related deaths.