Soldiers find bodies in retirement homes

Updated: Mar 25, 2020, 08:37 IST | Agencies | Madrid

The army has been charged with helping to disinfect retirement homes in Spain, one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic. Dozens of deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded at facilities across the country

Member of Military Emergency Unit disinfect areas to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in Bilbao  Monday. Pic/AP/PTI
Member of Military Emergency Unit disinfect areas to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in Bilbao Monday. Pic/AP/PTI

Spanish soldiers deployed to help fight the new Coronavirus outbreak have found elderly patients abandoned, and sometimes dead, at retirement homes, as an ice rink inside a Madrid shopping mall was turned into a temporary morgue to cope with a surge in cases.

The army has been charged with helping to disinfect retirement homes in Spain, one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic. Dozens of deaths from COVID-19 have been recorded at facilities across the country.

An investigation has been launched, the general prosecutor announced. The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged to 2,182 on Monday after 462 people died within 24 hours, according to health ministry figures.

Meanwhile, the ice rink at the Palacio de Hielo, or Ice Palace, a shopping centre in Madrid was turned into a temporary morgue to deal with a surge in deaths in the capital, a spokeswoman for Madrid city hall told AFP. Earlier, the city hall said the city's 14 public cemeteries would stop accepting more bodies because the staff there did not have adequate protective gear.

2,696
Total no of people dead due to Coronavirus in Spain

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