Spanish retirees were applauded and praised for leaving their city in a fleet of ambulances after an outbreak of coronavirus in their care home yesterday.
The convoy of Guardia Civil vehicles took 41 people from Alcala del Valle to another residence 70 miles away, Spanish media said.
The regional government in Andalusia ordered them out of the nursing home Dolores Ibarruri after at least 38 of the residents were diagnosed with Covid-19.
Neighbors tried to cheer up the spirits of the retirees when they left town yesterday, sending good wishes from their balconies as the convoy drove by.
An observer shouted, “Come on, you will be fine, they will take very good care of you, do not worry, you will come back soon!”
A convoy of Guardia Civil ambulances and vehicles drives along a narrow street in the town of Alcala del Valle, where dozens of retirees were evacuated from a nursing home
Residents of the city applaud from their balconies in a token of support for the residents of the retirement home as they were taken to another city
According to Spanish media, residents are being moved to another house in La Linea de la Concepcion, a two-hour drive away.
Although the retirees were applauded on their departure, some relatives say they were unaware of the transfer and fear that their relatives will not receive the correct medication.
“They have not allowed him to bring his clothes or personal belongings. We don’t know who will take care of them or if they know what medication our elderly are using, ”said the nephew of a 99-year-old evacuee. El Mundo.
“The relatives were not informed at any time, nor the provisional director of the residence, who had collected material and personnel in recent hours to ensure the operation of the center.”
Reports say that 38 of the 41 residents tested positive, along with 19 of the 33 workers in the home. Three people are said to have died.
Juan Franco, the mayor of the city, worked with four councilors in the nursing home after the illness of the staff.
However, the building was evacuated yesterday on behalf of the regional Andalusian government.
Residents in a worse condition were transported in the ambulances, while the rest in other vehicles were escorted by the Spanish vigilante.
A Spanish army officer waves at people in a nursing home and keeps his distance behind a window
The Guardia Civil ambulances and vehicles are taking retirees out of the city after residents and staff were infected in a nursing home
The transfer of residents is considered a temporary measure, as the military emergency service disinfects the nursing home.
But Mayor Franco said he had not received an official document from the regional government regarding the displacement of residents.
Earlier this week, the Spanish Defense Minister revealed that some elderly residents had been found dead or abandoned in some nursing homes.
Investigations were initiated after soldiers made the grim discoveries when they began disinfecting nursing homes.
Some older residents had apparently been found dead under the same roof as living relatives.
Spain now has the second deadliest outbreak in the world, after the death toll has risen past present-day China.
Spanish officials reported 738 new deaths today, the country’s biggest daily jump to date, totaling 2,696 to 3,434.
The figure is now higher than the 3,285 people who died in mainland China, where the outbreak started in late 2019.
Italy has the world’s highest death toll, at 6,820.
The total number of infections in Spain has also risen 20 percent today, with 7,937 new cases bringing the total from 39,673 to 47,610.