By Cathy Elelman • 25 June 2020 • 11:06
TESTS: There are asymptomatic cases in 44 care homes
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NEWS that positive cases of Covid-19 have been detected in staff and residents at nearly 10 per cent of Madrid’s 475 care homes raises the spectre of Spain suffering a resurgence in the coronavirus pandemic.
The Madrid regional government has temporarily banned visits to the 44 care homes where tests have shown there are asymptomatic elderly residents and employees.
The administration’s Social Affairs department told Spanish media however that the cases are “under control and isolated.”
Also that the cases had been identified more quickly due to more extensive and “more exhaustive” PCR testing, hence decisions had been taken “in time.”
Care homes have been at the epicentre of Spain’s coronavirus crisis right from the start.
Spanish press report they account for nearly 70 per cent of the country’s Covid-19 deaths, taking figures provided by the different regions. The highest number of deaths have been in Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla y Leon and Castilla-La Mancha.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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