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Elderly people are forgotten to death in the Covid-19 `storm` in Spain

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(Dan Tri) – Spanish soldiers discovered a number of elderly patients abandoned and even died in nursing homes when the Covid-19 epidemic was breaking out strongly in the country.

Funeral home staff receive the coffin of a person infected with Covid-19 in Spain.

In Spain, one of the countries most affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, military forces have been mobilized to participate in the fight against the epidemic.

“In some places, the military has discovered some elderly people completely abandoned, some even dead in their beds,” Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles said in an interview with

Minister Robles affirmed that unethical acts of abandoning the elderly in nursing homes will not be tolerated and anyone who neglects their responsibilities will be prosecuted.

“We will be strict and merciless in dealing with those who treat the elderly in such a way at these facilities,” Ms. Robles declared.

Spain’s prosecutor general said an investigation into the above incidents is underway.

“We will be very tough and resolute in this issue.

Up to now, the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 in Spain has reached 2,311 people, while the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has also exceeded 35,100 people.

Patients lying on the floor of a Spanish hospital

The elderly are a vulnerable patient group during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at a press conference, Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said nursing homes are an “absolute priority” for the Spanish government.

“We will carry out the strictest supervision of these centers,” Minister Illa added.

According to coronavirus prevention regulations, in case someone is suspected of dying from Covid-19, medical staff at nursing homes are instructed to leave the body until a doctor arrives.

The number of deaths increasing rapidly day by day has put great pressure on hospitals and funeral homes in the Spanish city of Madrid.

Previously, the city council said 14 public cemeteries would stop accepting new bodies because the staff there did not have enough protective equipment.

Madrid’s regional government announced that the renovated morgue at the Palacio de Hielo is expected to begin operations `within the next few hours.`

`This is a temporary and exceptional solution to ease the pain of the patient’s family members as well as reduce the pressure that hospitals in Madrid are facing,` said a spokesperson for Madrid City Hall.

In addition to the above facility, Spain also converted a conference center into a field hospital to treat Covid-19 patients.

In Spain, test kits will be distributed to medical staff working in frontline hospitals, elderly people in nursing homes and people living in hard-hit areas.


According to AFP

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