Elderly Left in Abandoned Nursing Homes in Spain Found Dead in Their Beds
In Spain, one of the European countries most affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, soldiers broke into abandoned nursing homes and found the bodies of elderly people in their beds.
The soldiers went to nursing homes for disinfecting work and the facilities were completely abandoned, Spain’s Defence Ministry said.
Spain’s Attorney General’s Office has announced an investigation into the matter.
Defence Minister Margarita Robles said in an interview with the Telecinco channel that the government would act ‘solidly and uncompromisingly’ on the treatment of the elderly.
“In some nursing home visits, the Army found elderly people completely abandoned, sometimes die in their beds,” Defence Secretary Robles said.
After coronavirus was detected in nursing homes, it was announced that the employees had left the facilities.
The normal procedure is for a person who died in a nursing home to be held at the facility’s morgue until they are picked up by their family. However, nursing home workers suspected of having contracted the coronavirus are believed to have left the facility without notifying the families.
Spain’s Health Minister, Salvador Illa, said at a news conference that nursing homes were a priority for his government and that “we will take the strictest measures in these facilities.”
In Spain, where over 2 thousand people lost their lives due to coronavirus, an ice rink in Madrid, the capital, was put into use as a morgue.