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Europe's care homes struggle as deaths rise
  Friday 03 April, 2020
Europe\'s care homes struggle as deaths rise

As nursing and care homes across Europe battle to stop the spread of Covid-19 among the elderly, France has revealed 1,416 residents have succumbed to the virus since the epidemic began.

Alarming cases have emerged in the Spanish capital Madrid, with reports of dozens of deaths in two nursing homes.

Residents were taken to hospital in the Italian city of Naples after a care home outbreak claimed several lives.

Cases have also been reported in 100 care homes around the Swedish capital.

Although authorities in the Stockholm region have not given figures, public broadcaster SVT says more than 400 people have been infected and about 50 have died.
What is happening in France?

For some time, French health officials have made clear the number of cases and fatalities they report every evening does not include nursing and care homes.

Top health official Jérôme Salomon first revealed on Thursday that at least 884 people in such homes had died since the start of the pandemic, and then on Friday the number rose to 1,416.

Even that figure is incomplete, as not all homes have passed on details. In all, 6,507 people in France have died of coronavirus.

The grim crisis in Europe's care homes
How deadly is the coronavirus?

The area worst affected is the Grand Est region near the German border, where two-thirds of care homes have been caught up in the pandemic. Regional health agency ARS says 570 elderly residents have died in the Grand Est.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52147861

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