Emergency brigade soldiers in Spain have found the bodies of the deceased in nursing homes. They were not taken away, because according to the protocol they should not be touched until the doctor and the employees of the funeral home arrive.
Spain’s prosecutor’s office has begun investigating incidents in nursing homes where corpses of coronavirus deaths were discovered. This March 23 writes El Pais.
The country’s Minister of Defense Margarita Robles said that the bodies of the dead were found by members of the emergency brigade, the newspaper said.
The Ministry of Defense then stated that the staff had been partially dismissed from these institutions after confirming cases of coronavirus infection. Robles noted that the government should not allow such treatment of the elderly. She assured that in most of these institutions everything is still in order, the journalists say.
According to the publication, referring to a source in the Ministry of Health, usually the bodies of deceased residents are moved to a refrigerator, from where they are collected by funeral services. However, when it is suspected that the death was due to Covid-19, the protocol suggests that they should not be touched until the doctor and the funeral home staff equipped with protective equipment arrive.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in Chinese province of Hubei. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to American Johns Hopkins University, on March 24, the total number of infected people in the world exceeded 380 thousand, of which 16 595 died, more than 101 thousand recovered. In particular, 495 people became infected in the Russian Federation, one of them recovered.
In Spain, as of March 24, 39 thousand cases of coronavirus infection were recorded. Among them, 2,800 were fatal.