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More than 200 new graves in Acapulco due to increase in COVID-19 deaths

Faced with an increase in deaths from COVID-19 in the third wave of the pandemic, the city council of Acapulco began the process of building 200 new individual graves in the El Palmar pantheon.

The director of Panteones y Velatorios, Gerardo Sánchez Meza, said that the new stage of individual graves is necessary due to the increase in burials in recent weeks.

With these new 200 graves that are expected to be completed in a week, more than 700 individual spaces have been built since the start of the pandemic in the El Palmar pantheon.

In the first stage at the beginning of the pandemic, the city council made a total of 300 individual graves, then last January of this year a second stage was carried out that consisted of a smaller number of graves, drawers, and niches, due to to the decrease in deaths.

“The purpose of having more spaces available in the pantheon is to continue giving care to families who request a place to deposit the remains of a relative who died from COVID-19, we will continue to provide facilities to those who require it because the situation is very complicated in this third wave and the cases are increasing,” he said.

Just last week the direction of Panteones y Velatorios granted a total of 184 burial permits, of which 98 were due to Covid-19 deaths, according to the death certificates.