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Spanish army discovers elderly ‘dead and abandoned’ in retirement homes

An investigation has been launched after Spanish soldiers helping the fight to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the country found elderly patients abandoned and in some cases, dead in their beds.
The military has been called to help disinfect and sanitize retirement homes in Spain, the second most affected country in Europe next to Italy.
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Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles said in an interview with Telecinco that the government was “going to be strict and inflexible when dealing with the way older people are treated” in care homes.
Staff at the elderly care centers left after detecting coronavirus, the defense ministry revealed.
Meanwhile, the health ministry said the retirements were “an absolute priority for the government”.
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“We will exercise the most intensive monitoring of these centres,” Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said.
Spain recorded 35,000 COVID-19 cases and 2,300 deaths as of Monday.

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