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in Belgium, the passage of Saint-Nicolas suspected of having caused the death of 26 residents of a retirement home


#Twenty-six residents died from #Covid-19 in a retirement home in #Belgium following the passage of a man disguised as #Saint-Nicolas, who was unaware of being infected, according to the #Flemish health authorities and the establishment which communicated on #Thursday #December 31st.

The focus of infection appeared a few days after the visit, on #December 5, of #Saint-Nicolas, who tested positive after his visit. A renowned virologist said on #December 25 that the majority of those infected had been “by the same source”. #However, the #Flemish #Agency for #Care and #Health claims that there is no “no certainty” that #Saint #Nicholas was the source of the infection. #No complaint has yet been received by this agency and no investigation carried out.

#Located in #Mol, about sixty kilometers from #Antwerp, this retirement home welcomed 169 residents at the beginning of the month. #It currently has 85 positive cases for #Covid-19 among residents and 40 on the staff side, according to an employee quoted by AFP on condition of anonymity.

The “nursing and care homes” have been very hard hit by the #Covid-19 pandemic in #Belgium, which has killed a total of 11,066 residents of these establishments, or 57.3% of the total number of related deaths to #Covid-19 in the country. #Amnesty #International #Belgium denounced in #November, in a vitriolic report, the“abandon” of #Belgian retirement homes by the public authorities during the pandemic.



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