Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Abandoned virus victims found dead in Spanish retirement homes

Abandoned virus victims found dead in Spanish retirement homes

Last week, the Spanish government also nationalised all private hospitals and healthcare providers, in order to bolster the country's health service.

Spain is the second hardest-hit country in Europe after Italy, with the country's death toll at more than 2,300, according to figures by the Johns Hopkins University.

Spain's health ministry has revealed that 12 per cent of the positive cases registered in the country have been among health workers.

Spain paid tribute on Monday to front-line staff battling a worsening coronavirus outbreak that has infected almost 4,000 health workers, who make up more than a tenth of known cases in the country.

Spain is set to deploy a fleet of robots to carry out 80,000 coronavirus tests a day as the country continues to battle with the outbreak.

"During some of its visits, the army has seen some totally abandoned elderly people-even some who were dead in their beds", Robles told the Ana Rosa TV program, The Guardian reports. She did not say what had caused those deaths.

The shelter, to be managed by the Red Cross, will allow up to 1,000 homeless people to isolate themselves in hygienic conditions with access to food and water, Barcelona's Mayor Ada Colau said.

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Meanwhile, the ice rink at the Palacio de Hielo, or Ice Palace, shopping center in Madrid was turned into a temporary morgue to deal with a surge in deaths in the capital, a spokeswoman for Madrid city hall told AFP.

The municipal funeral home announced it would stop collecting bodies beginning Tuesday because of a shortage of protective gear.

The Ministry of Health said it was a "specific moment that occurred on the night of March 20 due to a large influx of patients to the Emergencies of the Infanta Leonor Hospital".

The latest fatalities number comes after Sanchez's own deputy prime minister, Carmen Calvo, was hospitalised and awaiting the results of a coronavirus test after developing a respiratory infection on Sunday.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Sunday that his government would ask parliament to extend for another 15 days until April 11 the state of emergency which it has imposed this month to try to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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