Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This Spanish nurse says she has been thrown out from her rented flat by her landlord and a flatmate after she was diagnosed with coronavirus.
Nurse Clara Serrano, 31, says she was thrown out of her rented flat in the Spanish capital Madrid after moving to the city from the town of Quintanar del Rey in Cuenca to work in a hospital.
Serrano told local media: “I arrived in Madrid on 11th of March to start working at the hospital on the 12th. I was sent to a COVID-19 ward. On the 19th I started to notice symptoms. On the 22nd I was tested and on the 23rd I was told I was positive.”
Serrano added: “That same day the landlord told me that I had to go away.”
The 31-year-old nurse told local media that she isolated herself in her bedroom, only going out to use the kitchen and the toilet. She agreed with her flatmates to use the kitchen in turns and she disinfected it after using it as well as using only one of the bathrooms in the flat.
However, the landlord reportedly insisted she had to leave the flat and one of her flatmates asked her to move out too.
Serrano said: “I was very scared. I tried to explain to him that I would leave but it might not be immediately but he did not listen to me. He did not stop putting pressure on me on the phone and he did not stop telling me that I had to leave immediately.”
Reports said that Clara Serrano managed to find a room ar the Hotel Colon in Madrid, which has been turned into a medical building, with the help of the nursing union Satse and the Community of Madrid.
It is unclear if the nurse will take legal action against the landlord.
According to Serrano, one of her colleagues diagnosed with COVID-19 suffered a similar situation.
She says he had to sleep in his car for several nights with a 38.5-degree fever before he could get a room in the Marriott Auditorium Hotel, which has also been transformed into a medical building.
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