coronavirus: 12 of the 122 examined at the nursing home are positive

An alarm has been sounded at the Ministry of Health, the National Public Health Organization (EODY), but also at the General Secretariat. Civil Protection after the cases of a corona in a nursing home in Nea Makri.

According to information from the 122 samples examined, 12 were tested positive for coronavirus. Of the positives, 10 belong to the elderly and two employees. It was preceded by another case that led authorities to proceed with tracking at the nursing home. In total, the cases related to the nursing home in Nea Makri amount to 13.

The nursing home is in quarantine due to coronavirus outbreak
The nursing home, which houses dozens of elderly people, was found under a microscope by health authorities after locating an employee who had contracted the coronavirus. Thus, a group of EODY proceeded with checks on the elderly and staff. In fact, on Sunday night, the nursing home was quarantined by a decision of the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias.

The announcement of the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management states the following:  

“Due to a confirmed high epidemiological load in a nursing home located in Nea Makri, Attica, a relevant inspection was carried out today, April 12, 2020, by the General Secretariat for Civil Protection and EODY. Following the first results of the analysis of 122 samples in guests and staff, by order of the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management, Nikos Hardalias, the above nursing home was quarantined by the Greek Police tonight until the inspections were completed. ».

Nursing homes can become centers of over-transmission of the corona, which is even more troubling for health authorities as they host elderly people in high-risk groups for serious illness and complications from the Covid-19 infection.

It is recalled that the representative of the Ministry of Health for the coronavirus, the professor of Infectious Diseases, Mr. Sotiris Tsiodras, had emphasized in one of the established updates for the new virus, that nursing homes “are the main places where we do not want people to enter.” 

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