Two nuns are under 23 dead in a new coronavirus drama at the Spanish retirement home
- So far, 23 of the 150 OAPs living in the retirement home have died
- The tragedy is the second in a Spanish retirement home last week
- 19 residents died last week in another retirement home in Madrid
- Spanish Defense Minister says the military has found OAPs “absolutely abandoned.”
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Two nuns are among the 23 people who died in a new coronavirus tragedy in a retirement home in Madrid.
The house has been named as the Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio house in the Chamartin district of the Spanish capital.
The nuns lived in the house, run by a non-profit foundation and normally house 150 OAPs.
A view of Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio’s house in Madrid, where 23 people have now died, including two nuns
A man walks past the gates outside the Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio residence in Madrid. Initially, 20 deaths were announced, and that number has since grown to 23
The front of the house Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio
Members of the Spanish military emergency unit (UME) are said to have disinfected the residential center.
Nursing homes in Spain have been at the center of the coronavirus debate in Spain since it was revealed last week that at least 19 older residents had died in the Monte Hermoso residence in Madrid.
Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles told a prime-time Spanish TV program on Monday that soldiers who had to disinfect the homes as part of the fight against the corona virus discovered abandoned bodies.
Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles listens to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s speech. She said prosecutions will be brought against negligible caregivers
The military was called in to disinfect care homes in Spain because of fear of viruses. It disinfected 179 nurses and planned to clean 96 more today
She said, “On some visits, the military has seen older people absolutely abandoned, if not dead, in their beds.
“We will be unrelenting and powerful when it comes to ensuring that our retirees receive appropriate treatment in these homes.”
Insisting that the vast majority of retirement homes duly cared for residents, she signaled the launch of prosecutors in the situation by adding, “The full weight of the law will be imposed on those who do not fulfill their obligation. ‘
Her comments have been criticized by senior nursing home staff who say the problem was that the funeral directors were saturated with the number of deaths and they couldn’t handle it.
Some residents died in the hospital and others at home. It is not suggested that care home managers have done anything wrong.
In a similar previous incident on March 17 at the Monte Hermoso residence in Madrid, close to the largest park in the Spanish capital, Casa de Campo, 19 older residents died, while authorities expected this number to rise.
Two workers in protective suits at Monte Hermoso’s house, who suffered 19 deaths last week, help an elderly resident get out of bed
Journalists gather at the entrance of the Monte Hermoso House in Madrid last week as relatives of older residents who died inside, looking for answers
Regional heads of health sent respirators and face masks to the private center, and the sick were taken to hospitals, but some nursing home residents died in their beds before being transferred.
Speaking to local media, Rosana Castillo, whose mother is at home, said family members were aware that there were 10 cases on Saturday, but 70 cases the following day. Only 200 people live in the private home.
While multiple deaths have led to follow-up investigations in some retirement homes, funeral directors in areas like Madrid have been known to be saturated with the sharp and sudden increase in deaths from the onset of the corona virus crisis.
The drama led to Madrid’s city heads announcing that they would be cutting part of the municipal funeral service – and turning a popular ice rink in the Spanish capital into a morgue.
The country has entered a state of emergency as it tries to turn the tide of new infections, with residents not allowed to go outside except to get essentials.
According to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, Spain has contracted 47,610 confirmed cases of coronavirus resulting in 3,434 deaths.
Residents of a Spanish city applaud ambulances that transport the elderly from a care home in which 38 OAPs are infected
This is when a huge line of ambulances are filmed with older people from a city after the nursing home they lived in was destroyed by the corona virus.
The moving scenes were shot in the town of Alcala del Valle, in the southern Spanish region of Cadiz, where 38 elderly people were taken from the city in a convoy of ambulances and other vehicles.
The OAPs were removed from the city on behalf of the regional government, as the Dolores Ibarrur had become a serious focal point of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Local media report that 19 of 33 home workers have tested positive for the virus, while 38 of 41 residents have also tested positive.
Juan Franco, the mayor of the city, worked in the center with four councilors after the staff fell ill and the building was evacuated yesterday (Tuesday).
According to reports, three of the residents died within 48 hours and 10 are now hospitalized. The remaining 28 were reportedly taken to the Tiempo Libre nursing home in the city of Linea de la Concepcion, according to reports.
The video features residents applauding the convoy of ambulances as it makes its way through the city.
An onlooker can be heard shouting, “Come on, you will be fine, they will take very good care of you, don’t worry, you will come back soon!”
According to reports, the residents in the worst condition were included in the ambulances, while the rest were in other vehicles escorted by the Spanish vigilante and the military.
The transfer of residents is said to be a temporary measure, as the military emergency service disinfects the nursing home.
Mayor Franco said he had not received an official document from the regional government regarding the displacement of residents.
Reports say that some residents of La Linea de la Concepcion, located about 125 kilometers from the infected nursing home, were concerned about the influx of infected elderly people, but others have reportedly shown solidarity with them.