By Sarah Keane • 10 April 2021 • 18:26
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NURSING HOME deaths fall by 99 per cent in one month in Spain
The Spanish government has upped the ante on its vaccination plan since the beginning of April in the hope that we will be able to achieve herd immunity in the coming months and welcome UK tourists sooner rather than later. In yet another boost, the Institute for the Elderly and Social Services (IMSERSO) has revealed on Saturday, April 10 that deaths in nursing homes from coronavirus dropped by 98.88 percent between the middle of February and the middle of March. Health experts are attributing this huge decrease to the fact that the vast majority of nursing home patients have now been vaccinated against coronavirus.
The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, recently pointed out that the vaccines had an effectiveness of between 82 and 88 per cent for infections and 87 per cent in relation to deaths in residences, according to two studies by the National Centre of Epidemiology. She stressed that the Covid jab is still the most effective protection against coronavirus, and it would seem that the recent figures prove her right.
Earlier in the week, the president of the Valencian Community, Ximo Puig, announced that restrictions in nursing homes would be relaxed, allowing residents to go on visits outside of centres with their families once everyone has been inoculated and the appropriate safety measures are followed.
According to the spokesperson, “to mitigate the possible health consequences of the mobility and social restriction, in residences without an open outbreak, coexistence activities, visits and outings will be carried out, with hygiene and safety conditions.” The Ministry said that with these new measures, they are trying to create as normal a living situation as possible, under the current circumstances, for the residents of nursing homes.
Source: Nius Diario
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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