The truth behind Spain’s nursing homes tragedy

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Care home services in Western Europe were ravaged by the coronavirus and it is . In Spain, there are over 16,000 deaths, with most around the capital of the country, Madrid.

On 8 March Rosana Castillo met up with some friends to join in a protest, to mark International Women’s Day. She did not venture far from her home. She participated in this event yearly They gave each other a warm hug, held hands and marched and chanted “Feminism will win“.

At that point in time, Spanish people could still venture freely outside, even if in Italy coronavirus had already killed several hundred. Castillo, a 60-year-old retired primary school co-ordinator, had seen some people on the underground wearing surgical masks, but though most of them were “probably tourists”.

Mrs. Casillo went to her 86 years mother in Monte Hermoso, a care home not far from where she went protesting. However, workers at the home did not let her in, as two residents had contracted COVID-19. To her frustration, the workers said nothing more, leaving her questions unanswered. Later, on 22 March, her mother died of the virus.

After that, the care home received national attention, therefore it decided to suspend visits. A lot more nursing homes decided to close their doors because they had patients infected with COVID-19. Currently, 48 deaths are linked to Monte Hermoso.

Where does the tragedy start?

A worker from a care home where more than 90 patients died declared: “For a long time we had been saying something serious would happen“.

The march on the International Woman’s day is now the first symbol of authorities not implementing rules earlier. And so is the football match between Real Betis and Real Madrid that took place in Seville.

Spain declared quarantine on 13 March. The number of confirmed cases increased to almost 236,900. The death toll surpassed 24,000, with a lot of deaths coming from older people. It is unclear how many deaths occurred in nursing homes however.

Source: BBC News

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