WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Coronavirus patients are seen lying on the floor at a Madrid hospital because of a lack of beds and rooms amidst the surge of cases in Spain.
- Some patients are waiting as long as three days in the emergency rooms to be placed in a bed, or a room.
- Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is requesting the parliament to extend the state of emergency for 15 days to prevent further coronavirus cases in the country.
A video circulating online shows patients at the Infanta Leonor Hospital in Madrid are lying on the floor because of the apparent reason that the hospital is lacking beds due to the rise of coronavirus cases in Spain.
Health Care Union, SATSE spokesman Jorge Mora said that the hospital in question has already admitted more than 500 COVID-19 patients with 300 confirmed cases 230 PUIs, meaning it is currently “at maximum capacity.”
This scene isn’t only seen at that particular hospital as other hospitals are also experiencing a collapse in their medical capacity.
According to Larazon, a local media in Madrid, the Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital has seen a wave of coronavirus cases, causing it to breakdown as well.
Larazon reported that because the emergency room is fully packed, there was an elderly male patient having symptoms of the virus, who chose to leave to go to his bank and withdraw some cash so he can transfer to a private facility, where he could be given a room.
In addition, many patients have waited as long as three days in the ER waiting room while waiting for beds. But those beds will only be available when the other patients will either die or recover enough to be sent home.
As of the last tally, there are around 9,700 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Madrid.
All in all, the new record of mortality in Spain has reached to almost 400. This brings to a total of 1,720 – it could mean that the national lockdown may be ineffective.
This led Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to request to the parliament an extended state of emergency for 15 days, preventing Spaniards to leave their homes until April 11, unless absolutely necessary.
Source: New York Post