Ambulance Convoy Carries OAPs From Spain COVID Home

Story ByMaja Mishevksa, Sub EditorMarija StojkoskaAgencyNewsflash

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This is the moment a huge line of ambulances is filmed carrying elderly people from a town after the nursing home they lived in was devastated by the coronavirus.

The touching scenes were recorded in the town of Alcala del Valle, in the southern Spanish region of Cadiz, where 38 elderly people were carried away from the town in a convoy of ambulances and other vehicles.


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The OAPs were taken out of the town following an order of the regional government as the Dolores Ibarrur had become a serious focal point of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Local media report 19 of the 33 workers in the home tested positive for the virus, whilst 38 of the 41 residents have also tested positive.

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Juan Franco, the Mayor of the town had been working in the centre with four councillors after the staff fell ill and the building was then evacuated yesterday (Tuesday).

Reports state three of the residents died in 48 hours, and 10 have now been hospitalised. The other 28 were taken to the Tiempo Libre nursing home in the city of Linea de la Concepcion, according to reports.


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In the video, residents can be seen applauding the convoy of ambulances as it makes its way through the town.

One onlooker can be heard shouting: “Come on, you are going to be fine, they are going to take very good care of you, don’t worry, you will be back very soon!”

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Reports state the residents in the worse condition were taken in the ambulances whilst the rest were in other vehicles escorted by the Spanish Civil Guard and Army.

The transfer of the residents is reportedly a temporary measure as the Emergency Military Unit is disinfecting the nursing home.


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Mayor Franco said he had not received any official document from the regional government about the residents being moved.

Reports state some residents in La Linea de la Concepcion, located around 125 kilometres from the infected nursing home, were concerned about the influx of infected elderly people but others have reportedly shown solidarity with them.

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Spain has suffered 47,610 confirmed cases of coronavirus leading to 3,434 deaths according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.