Two Nuns Are Among 23 People Dead At Spanish Old People s Home
Two nuns are among 23 people reported to have died in a new coronavirus tragedy at an old peoples' home in Madrid.
The residential home has been named as the Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio home in the Spanish capital's Chamartin district.
The nuns were living at the home, run by a not-for-profit foundation and home normally to 150 OAPs.
A view of the Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio home in Madrid, which has now seen 23 deaths, including two nuns
A man walks past the gates outside the Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio residential home in Madrid. 20 deaths were initially announced, with that number rising to 23 since
The front of the Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio residential home
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Members of Spain's military emergency unit (UME) are said to have disinfected the residential centre.
Care homes in Spain have been at the centre of the coronavirus debate in Spain since it emerged last week at least 19 elderly residents had died at the Monte Hermoso residence in Madrid.
Spain's Defence Minister Margarita Robles told a prime-time Spanish TV programme on Monday that soldiers tasked with disinfecting the homes as part of the fight against coronavirus were discovering abandoned bodies.
Gates to the Santisima Virgen y San Celedonio residential home in the Spanish capital's Chamartin district. The nuns were living at the home, run by by a not-for-profit foundation
Spain's Defence Minister Margarita Robles listens to Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez deliver a speech. She has said persecutions will be brought against negligible carers
The army was called in to disinfect the Care home properties in Spain over virus fears. It disinfected 179 nursing and planned to clean another 96 today
She said: 'The army, during some visits, has seen elderly people absolutely abandoned, if not dead in their beds.
'We are going to be implacable and forceful when it comes to ensuring our pensioners receive the proper treatment in these residences.'
Insisting the great majority of elderly care homes did a proper job of caring properly for their residents, she signalled the launch of prosecutor probes into the situation by adding: Best IPTV Box 2020 'The full weight of the law will be brought to bear on those who don't fulfill their obligation.'
Her comments have been criticised by senior nursing home workers who say the problem has been that undertakers were saturated by the number of deaths and could not cope.
A similar previous incident on 17 March at the Monte Hermoso residence in Madrid, situated close to the Spanish capital's biggest park Casa de Campo, saw 19 elderly residents die, with authorities expecting that number to rise.
Two workers in protective suits inside the Monte Hermoso home, which saw 19 deaths last week, help an elderly resident out of bed
Journalists gather at the entrance to the Monte Hermoso home in Madrid last week as relatives of elderly residents who died inside look for answers
Regional health chiefs sent ventilators and face masks to the privately-run centre and the sick were taken to hospitals, but some residents of the care home were said to be dying in their beds before they could be transferred.
Rosana Castillo, whose mother is at the home, spoke to local media said relatives were informed there were 10 cases on Saturday but 70 cases the following day. Only 200 people live at the privately-run residence.
The country has entered a state of emergency as it attempts to stem the tide of new infections, with residents barred from going outside except to get essentials.
According to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has suffered 47,610 confirmed cases of coronavirus leading to 3,434 deaths.