As COVID-19 spreads throughout Europe, nursing home residents are found to be abandoned at some facilities in Spain. According to NPR, Spain is the second hardest-hit country in Europe by the virus with more than 39,000 confirmed cases and 2,800 deaths as of March 24, 2020. Currently, over a fifth of the nursing homes in the Madrid region have had cases of COVID-19.
On March 23, the Defense Minister Margarita Robles of Spain announced Spanish military finding care home residents abandoned, with some left dead in their beds. It was discovered staff in some centers left after cases of COVID-19 were detected. Residents were left to take care of themselves–including those in serious conditions.