News2020.04.20 10:29

Coronavirus spreads in a nursing home in Lithuania's Klaipėda

BNS 2020.04.20 10:29

A private nursing home in Klaipėda has become a coronavirus hotspot after 30 out of 38 residents and 10 staff have been confirmed infected with Covid-19. One person from the hospice has already died.

According to Vinsas Janusonis, the head of Klaipėda University Hospital, it’s likely that all residents of the private nursing home Klaipėdos Hospisas could be infected with the coronavirus.

The eight residents who are not infected have not undergone repeated tests, he said.

"Since they were all in the same rooms, except one who was in a single room, there's a good chance that they are all infected," Janušonis said during a meeting of the local municipality's emergency committee.

Klaipėda Mayor Vytautas Grubliauskas also said that the elderly residents might be left without care, as specialists from other establishments are afraid to come and work at the hospice which has become a coronavirus hotspot.

Grubliauskas said infected residents should be taken to surrounding medical establishments for treatment.

Staff members are likely to have brought in the virus as those in care had no contact with the outside world during the quarantine.

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