Updated January 01, 2021, 3:58 p.m.
- The disguised man did not know about his corona infection.
- He only tested positive for SARS-Cov-2 after his visit.
After a visit by St. Nicholas, 26 residents of an old people’s home in Belgium died of COVID-19. The man was a carrier of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but was himself unaware of his infection, as the Flemish health authorities announced on Thursday. It was only later tested positive.
169 people are currently housed in the old people’s home in the province of Antwerp, as an employee of the AFP news agency said. 85 residents and 40 employees would have infected.
The man disguised as Santa Claus provided the residents on 5th December a visit, a few days later the corona outbreak was noticed. The virologist Marc Van Ranst indicated that the Majority of those infected in the nursing home are infected “from the same source” has been.
However, the spokesman for the Flemish Health Authority, Joris Moonens, stressed that there is “no certainty“that St. Nicholas infected the residents.
The retirement and nursing homes in Belgium are vparticularly badly affected by the corona crisis: Since the beginning of the pandemic, 11,066 home residents have died with a corona infection. Corresponding around 57 percent of all deaths in the country.
In November, the human rights organization Amnesty International accused the Belgian government of “neglecting” old people’s homes during the pandemic. (afp / ank)
Great Britain was the first country in the world to have waved through AstraZeneca’s corona vaccine. According to Minister of Health Hancock, 100 million doses have already been ordered. His German colleague Spahn is hoping for speedy approval in the EU as well.