EIGHT pensioners have died at a care home in Basque Country gripped by coronavirus.
The killer flu has torn through the Sanitas San Martin care home in Spain’s Basque Country a day after 19 died at the Montes Hermoso in Madrid.
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The deaths at the privately-run home in Basque Country have occurred over the past 12 days.
All died after hospital transfers.
Half of the 90 pensioners currently at the residence are said to have tested positive for coronavirus and are quarantined in their rooms.
In the case of the Madrid care home, state prosecutors have now reportedly launched an investigation into the deaths at Monte Hermoso, near the Spanish capital’s largest park Casa de Campo.
Regional health chiefs have put the number of deaths at 17 and not 19, although the tally is expected to rise despite reinforcements of medical personnel and equipment at the home.
Relatives of the dead say the official figure is an under-estimate.
Health chiefs have admitted the number of people who tested positive for coronavirus at the Madrid home, including workers and residents, now stands at 75.
Authorities have shipped ventilators and masks to the home as emergency measures.
Another residential home at the Spanish capital, Personas Mayores La Paz, became the focus of the country’s coronavirus outbreak earlier this month after 12 coronavirus cases broke out at the home.
A 99-year-old man died from the virus with other patients quickly transferred to hospital.
Madrid has been one of the worst hit areas of spain with nearly 12,000 cases and over 500 deaths.
The Spanish government has impose strict measures to help stem the spread, which took off rapidly after Italy was engulfed by the virus.