Coronavirus horror as coughing patients forced to lie on hospital floor

Harrowing footage inside a packed Spanish hospital has shown coughing patients lying on corridor floors as they wait for medical help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Patients are seen desperately waiting as they fill up the seats and stretchers and some lie on the floor with bedsheets below them.

They can be heard coughing as the cameraman walks past and pans around the premises.

The shocking scenes also show medical staff working non-stop to offer assistance to the infected patients with one nurse carrying a food tray while pushing a disposal trolley.

The clips were reportedly recorded at the Infanta Leonor Hospital and the Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital in Madrid, with the city having recorded 9,702 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Local newspaper El Mundo reported a second hospital stopped "admitting more patients" as they are at "maximum capacity" and overrun with COVID-19 cases.

Javier Garcia, a representative for the General Union of Workers, said the situation at the hospital is "dramatic" with the emergency ward "at three times its capacity" and "people without a bed, sitting on plastic chairs for more than 30 hours", it is reported.

Garcia added: "This morning I saw a person on the floor between two seats. Emotionally, this is terrible."

Mercedes, a representative for the Workers’ Commissions union, said that on Friday morning there had been 240 people in the hospital’s emergency ward when the capacity is 80 patients.

Jorge Mora, who represents the healthcare union SATSE, said that Infanta Leonor hospital seen in the first clip is "at maximum capacity" too with more than 500 patients admitted for COVID-19, with 300 confirmed and 230 under observation.

The hospital has reportedly begun to move patients with "critical criteria" to the Colon Hotel where a medical space has been created to relieve hospitals of numbers.

Madrid has also converted a major conference centre named IFEMA into a temporary hospital to deal with the wave of patients flooding the healthcare system.

Last week, Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared coronavirus as a "state of emergency " and put the country in partial lockdown.

Residents in Madrid were ordered to stay home while the police patrolled on streets and monitored using drones.

  • Spain
  • Coronavirus

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