Newsflash/Maria Rosa Lopez Carmona
These images show coronavirus sufferers lining the corridors of a Spanish hospital as the pandemic is reportedly forcing patients to wait three days for a bed.
The clip was recorded in the Hospital of Albacete in the central Spanish region of Castilla La Mancha where 88 patients were hospitalised yesterday (Tuesday).
In the video, patients in gurneys can be seen lining the corridors of the hospital, with others sitting on chairs.
The woman recording can be heard saying “people are lying on the ground because they said they were exhausted”.
She says that she was sharing the images as a call for the authorities to react to the situation as the patients cannot make their voice heard.
She says the hospital is a bottleneck for the local health centres, adding that more beds are needed for the huge number of patients being admitted.
The health worker complains that there is not enough protective equipment “so we keep putting our health and our loved ones at risk”.
The Integrate Attention Management of Albacete, which belongs to the Health Service of the regional government of Castilla La Mancha said the increase in the number of patients in the hospital had put a lot of pressure on the emergency services.
Reports state new measures were implemented on Tuesday after the video was shared with one floor of the hospital previously dedicated to other patients now being used for those coming from the emergency room.
Another ward from the nearby Perpetuo Socorro Hospital is also available for use.
Local media report that health centres in Albacete are changing and adapting their facilities in order to attend to coronavirus patients.
Spain has registered 49,515 cases of COVID-19 with 3,647 deaths according to the latest figures from the Johns Hopkins University.
According to the Spanish Health Ministry, 7,937 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours. In Castilla La Mancha, 2,780 cases have been reported with 315 deaths in the last 24 hours.
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