Story By: Ernest Bio Bogore, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
An OAP in a French retirement home has compared the atmosphere of COVID-19 lockdown to that of Nazi occupation during World War II.
Many elderly people in Ehpad care homes across France, of which there are around 608,000, are struggling with the isolation measures imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19, according to local media.
One resident, identified as 95-year-old Therese, in the northern French region of Hauts-de-France told local media: “The atmosphere reminds me of the [Nazi] Occupations because no one can move anymore, everything has completely stopped, it is weird.”
Eugene, whose 87-year-old dad lives in the same Ehpad, said: “It seems like Russian roulette here and they are just waiting for their turn.
“I am very worried, it is terrible. It’s like there is a big drama going on behind closed doors and nobody’s telling us anything.”
The 63-year-old added: “My father is alone and unarmed in his room, sitting in his chair, waiting for coronavirus to hit him.”
Meanwhile, Martine, 60, said that her 85-year-old in the same nursing home told her that there have been 12 positive cases.
She added: “Until three weeks ago, none of the carers had face masks on.”
However, her mother said: “If we catch the virus, then it is what it is. I don’t want to live until 107 anyway.”
The Rothschild Foundation home in Paris has seen 81 people test positive for COVID-19 with 16 related deaths as of 24th March, according to local media.
As of 27th March, France has reported 29,581 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,696 related deaths, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.
Meanwhile, 4,948 people have made full recoveries.
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