This video of body bags in a hospital was not filmed in St Mary’s, London

6 April 2020
What was claimed

A video showing body bags lying on the floor of various rooms inside a hospital was filmed in St Mary’s Hospital, London.

Our verdict

Incorrect, the hospital trust confirmed it wasn’t filmed there. It was filmed in Ecuador.

Several readers have sent us a video they received on WhatsApp with the claim it shows many body bags lying on the floor of St Mary’s Hospital, London. Copies of the video have also appeared on Facebook, shared thousands of times.

The footage was, according to a report in the Daily Star Online, passed to the newspaper and shows the inside of an unnamed Spanish-speaking hospital. The paper says it was filmed by a nurse there. Spanish fact checkers Maldita.es found that the video came from a hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (which St Mary’s is part of) confirmed to us the video was not filmed in the hospital.

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because this video is not of St Mary’s hospital, it was filmed in a hospital in Ecuador.

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