After a visit from Nicholas: 26 corona deaths in old people’s home
In a Belgian retirement home, 26 residents died with or from Covid-19. The trigger was a visit by a Nicholas impersonator.
Antwerp / Berlin. After St. Nicholas visited them, they are 26 Residents of a Belgian retirement home died in connection with a corona infection.
The as Nikolaus man in disguise could have transmitted the virus. He should not have known anything about his infection. The Flemish health authorities announced on Thursday. It was only later tested positive.
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Corona: 85 residents and 40 employees were infected
Currently in the establishment in the province Antwerp 169 people housed, an employee of the AFP news agency said. 85 residents and 40 employees were infected with the corona virus.
The Nikolaus actor had paid a visit to the residents on December 5th, a few days later the Corona outbreak noticed.
The Virology Marc Van Ranst indicated that the majority of those infected in the nursing home were infected “from the same source”.
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The speaker of the Flemish Health authority, Joris Moonens, however, emphasized that there was “no certainty” that St. Nicholas had infected the residents.
The old people’s and nursing homes in Belgium are particularly hard hit by the Corona crisis: 11,066 have died since the pandemic began Home residents with the virus.
That corresponds to around 57 percent of all deaths in the country. The human rights organization Amnesty International had the Belgian government in November “Neglect” accused of retirement homes during the pandemic. (AFP / jtb)
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