In a residential care center in Mol, Belgium, another nine residents have died since Christmas Day after a visit by a help Sinterklaas who did not know that he was infected with the corona virus, the municipality reports on Facebook. This increases the death toll to 27.
It was already feared that more corona-related deaths would occur, because of the 170 residents at least 88 have become infected. Of the 130 employees, a total of 42 tested positive.
A few days after his performance, Sinterklaas, a son of one of the residents, was tested positive. During the activity he had no complaints yet, but he was still classified as a ‘super spreader’.
The municipal council had previously established that the visit had been irresponsibly organized. The care center stated that the relief hint had only visited common areas, kept their distance and did not hand over any gifts.
A family member of one of the deceased residents has since filed a complaint with the Agency for Care and Health. Further investigation must now determine whether the visit of the help Sinterklaas is the only cause of the outbreak.