The Spanish refugee rescuers now helping in nursing homes

They are used to saving refugees from the seas, but now, Spanish rescuers are using their expertise to help in the coronavirus pandemic.

Volunteers from Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms are taking patients who have tested positive with the novel coronavirus to hospitals and helping staff in care homes, where thousands of frail elderly residents have died.
The NGO is also working with homeless refugees and migrants to try to find them accommodation.
“When you are living rough and you have nowhere to live in secure confinement, then you have a much higher chance of catching this virus.”

Sabe works to find teenage refugees and migrants places to stay, which are provided by the local authorities.

She also helps staff in care homes to test elderly residents for the virus.

“You see people in some care homes where the staff have hardly any protective equipment and others where they are well protected,” she said.

“Some of the residents have lived through the Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship of General Franco so they have been through tough times.”

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