Horrifying images show coronavirus patients lying on the floor of a packed Madrid hospital as city is overrun with cases
- The shocking clip shows some coughing deeply as a medic stands nearby
- Some of those waiting on the floor also appear to be hooked up to oxygen tanks
- The scenes were reportedly recorded at the Infanta Leonor Hospital in Madrid
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Terrifying footage from inside a Spanish hospital shows coughing coronavirus patients lying on the floor of a corridor as they wait to be seen by medical staff.
The shocking clip shows some coughing deeply as a medic stands nearby and some of those on the floor appear to be hooked up to oxygen tanks.
The scenes were reportedly recorded at the Infanta Leonor Hospital and the Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital in the Spanish capital Madrid.
The video was shared online to urge people to follow social distancing measures being enforced in countries across the world.
The scenes were reportedly recorded at the Infanta Leonor Hospital and the Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital in the Spanish capital Madrid and show patients lying on the floor coughing
In the first clip, reportedly recorded at the Infanta Leonor Hospital, patients can be seen lying on the floors of the corridors with face masks on and bedsheets below them.
People can be heard coughing in the packed corridor as other patients sit on the rows of chairs.
A second clip shows a health worker walking through the packed corridors of the Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital, with patients lining the corridors on gurneys, with many heard coughing too.
People can be heard coughing in the packed corridor as other patients sit on the rows of chairs
Local newspaper El Mundo report the second hospital confirmed they ‘are not admitting more patients’ as they are at ‘maximum capacity’.
The newspaper report representative for the General Union of Workers Javier Garcia 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’.
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, a representative of 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.
A second clip shows a health worker walking through the packed corridors of the Severo Ochoa de Leganes Hospital, with patients lining the corridors on gurneys, with many heard coughing too
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.
It comes as yesterday the Spanish government sought to extend until April 11 a state of emergency that it has imposed to try to control Europe’s second-worst outbreak of coronavirus.
Some regions on Sunday also asked for harsher confinement measures to combat the pandemic.
Spain’s death toll jumped to over 1,700, with more than 28,000 cases of infection.
‘We are at war,’ Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told a news briefing, calling on Europe to launch a massive, coordinated public investment programme like the post World War Two Marshall Plan.
The nationwide state of emergency, announced on March 14 and intended to last 15 days, bars people from all but essential outings.