Swedish health officials blame the death toll in the country – which is higher than in Denmark, Norway and Finland – on the mortality rate in nursing homes.
According to a study carried out at the end of April by the Swedish National Council for Health and Welfare, around 90% of the 3700 people who died from coronaviruses in Sweden were over 70 years old and half lived in nursing homes.
“We have failed to protect our seniors. This is really serious and a failure for society as a whole, “said Minister of Health Lena Hallengren on Swedish television.
More than half of the country’s coronavirus victims died in nursing homes. Nursing home workers say the area was initially overlooked and suffered from shortages of masks and skyrocketing prices for hand sanitizer.
“Belgian society has decided that the lives of these confined elderly people count much less than that of the so-called” active “,” wrote social scientist Geoffrey Pleyers in The evening last month.
More than three quarters of deaths in care homes (77%) are suspected cases, which leads to complaints that Belgium overestimates deaths from coronavirus. The Belgian crisis center, which collects the data, replies that its approach is more transparent.
The country was shocked at the end of March when the Minister of Defense revealed that soldiers dispatched to disinfect the houses had found elderly people abandoned and dead in their beds.
The central government has asked the country’s 17 regional governments to send their figures on deaths in nursing homes, but has not yet released it to the public. However, the regional governments of Madrid and Catalonia have published their own figures on people who have died in nursing homes due to the virus or have symptoms compatible with it.
In Madrid, the total number of Covid, or suspected Covid, deaths since March 8 was 5886 on Thursday. In Catalonia, it was 3375. Between them, deaths in nursing homes in the two regions represent more than a third of all deaths from coronavirus in the country.
The coronavirus deaths in Italian retirement homes were not revealed until newspapers began reporting on the issue in early April.
The main focus was a nursing home in Milan, which had a population of over 1,000 and where there was an unusual increase in deaths in March. An investigation has started and nursing home officials have found that 300 residents died between January and April.
Of the 900 residents still at home, 34% were positive for Covid-19. The Italian Higher Health Institute found that between February 1 and April 17, 6,773 deaths occurred in all nursing homes, 40% of which were due to Covid-19.
One of the first cases of American coronavirus was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control in Washington State in late January. In late March, the epidemic in the United States focused on a nursing home, the Life Care Center in Kirkland, King County, where more than three-quarters of residents fell ill and 40 people died. Staff in multiple jobs unintentionally transported the virus to other nursing homes in the area.
For a variety of reasons – including the privatized US health care system, preexisting infection control problems in American nursing homes, lack of federal leadership on the pandemic and the variable rate of spread of the virus in others States – King’s Lessons The county has not been learned.
Residents of nursing homes accounted for an astounding proportion of the deaths of Covid-19 in the United States, where more than 85,000 people died. Data compiled in private show that such deaths now account for more than half of all deaths in 14 states, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But only 33 states report nursing home deaths, so the true extent of the problem across the state remains unknown.