As now we have reported, within the Hemelrijck nursing house in Mol, Flanders, the son of one of many residents dressed as Santa Claus and visited the establishment on December 6. In line with a report within the Brussels Occasions, the person wore a masks, didn’t give presents and didn’t enter the rooms, however solely talked to residents within the frequent areas.
Mayor Wim Caeyers mentioned the corporate that operates the nursing house didn’t report the go to to the town council.
The mayor instructed the Brussels Occasions, referring to the photographs revealed by the newspaper displaying that the residents of the nursing house didn’t put on masks through the go to.
Since December 6, 26 residents of the Hemelrijck nursing house have died and 85, together with 40 workers of the establishment, have been examined constructive for the corona virus. In line with a medical knowledgeable who instructed the AFP, it’s not but sure that the person dressed as Santa has introduced the virus into the nursing house.
Nicely-known Belgian virologist Marc van Ranst wrote on his group web page that almost all contaminated individuals received the virus from the identical particular person, so it’s attainable that volunteer Santa Claus was a brilliant distributor.
Joris Moonens, a spokesperson for the Flemish well being authority, instructed AFP that within the absence of a proper criticism, no investigation had been began in opposition to the person, who didn’t know that he was contaminated with a corona virus earlier than his go to to the nursing house.
Belgium has a particularly excessive per capita dying price from the coronavirus, with greater than half of deaths (11,066 individuals) in nursing houses. Retirement houses are standard within the nation: 71 out of a thousand individuals over 65 dwell in such establishments, with solely Luxembourg and the Netherlands having the next share in Europe. In Poland, 12 out of each thousand aged dwell at house.
(Cowl photograph: Hemelrijck nursing house in Mol. Eric Lalmand / AFP)