The president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has said that this March, some 3,000 older people have died in residences in the region, 2,000 more than usual, according to the Minister of Health, Enrique Ruiz Escudero.
In an interview on Cadena Ser, the regional president has indicated that around 1,000 older people die every month in these establishments, but this March, coinciding with the health crisis due to the coronavirus, some 3,000 older people have lost their lives.
Until now the latest data provided by the Community of Madrid, on March 26, amounted to a total of 1,065 deaths of the elderly in nursing homes in the Community of Madrid in the month of March.
Sources from the Ministry of Social Policy pointed out that these deaths could not be “exclusively attributed to the coronavirus due to the lack of tests for its detection.”
In the interview, Ayuso said that for the elderly, the coronavirus can be “lethal”, and that when entering “in this way” in the Community of Madrid and “in the areas where there are more seniors,” the number of deceased.
On the other hand, he has indicated that Madrid has 500 residences with more than 50,000 users, so “it is impossible to get everywhere” in “record” time.
Ayuso has pointed out that all the material purchased during the pandemic will later serve to medicalize nursing homes since, for example, “right now not all of them have state-of-the-art respirators.”