Jose-Luis Fernandez-Plotka (CPEC)
Newspaper articles on the situation in nursing homes in Madrid (Spain), it is estimated that by the 19th March, 70 people had died with suspected/confirmed COVID-19 in nursing homes in Madrid. The article highlights:
- Ambulances not turning up to nursing homes
- Staff absences due to being infected themselves or to fear of contagion (particularly staff who live with older relatives)
- Lack of Personal Protection Equipment (reports of using kitchen gloves instead)
In Spanish: https://elpais.com/espana/madrid/2020-03-19/abandonados-en-la-residencia-yo-veo-a-este-senor-llorando-y-deberia-tener-asistencia-en-un-hospital.html
In English: https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-03-20/coronavirus-crisis-in-madrids-senior-homes-if-he-gets-infected-no-one-will-do-anything-to-help-him.html
By the 21st March, the Spanish Army’s Emergency Support unit was made available to offer support to nursing homes who were short-staffed, carrying out tasks such as disinfection.