Soldiers tasked with disinfecting care homes in Spain find ABANDONED corpses as coronavirus crisis cripples the country
- Corpses found in same homes as loved ones who are still alive, reports suggest
- Spain’s Military Emergency Unit (UME) were cleaning the homes to slow spread
- Deadly coronavirus infected more than 33,000 and killed 2,200 in Spain alone
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
Soldiers tasked with disinfecting care homes in Spain as part of measures to slow the spread of coronavirus are discovering abandoned bodies.
The corpses of victims of the deadly bug – which has infected more than 33,000 and killed 2,200 in Spain alone – were found in the same homes as loved ones who were still alive, reports suggest.
The discovery of coronavirus victims’ bodies at homes visited by members of Spain’s Military Emergency Unit (UME) is expected to lead to the launch of probes by prosecutors to see if crimes have been committed.
Members of Spain’s Military Emergency Unit walk with special equipment to disinfect areas to prevent the spread of coronavirus
The Spanish military were mobilised to focus on elderly care homes towards the end of last week.
State prosecutors have already announced they are investigating a Madrid care home where 17 people had died.
Regional health chiefs confirmed today that 21 people had died at a care home in Alcoy near Alicante identified as Domus Vi.
The places where bodies have been ‘abandoned’ have not been identified.
Spain’s Defence Minister Margarita Robles told a prime-time Spanish TV programme: ‘The army, during some visits, has seen elderly people absolutely abandoned, if not dead in their beds.
Coronavirus has infected more than 33,000 and killed 2,200 in Spain alone. Pictured: Members of Spain’s Military Emergency Unit with specialist disinfectant equiptment
‘We are going to be implacable and forceful when it comes to ensuring our pensioners receive the proper treatment in these residences.’
Insisting the great majority of elderly care homes did a proper job of caring properly for their residents, she added: ‘The full weight of the law will be brought to bear on those who don’t fulfil their obligations.’
Monte Hermoso, near the Spanish capital’s biggest park Casa de Campo, was identified last week as the first OAP care home rocked by mass deaths due to coronavirus.
Politicians in Madrid have admitted 20 per cent of its elderly care homes have coronavirus cases.
Politicians in Madrid have admitted 20 per cent of its elderly care homes have coronavirus cases. Pictured: Policeman outside a shopping mall which will be used as a morgue
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