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All residents in Marbella care homes to be tested for Covid-19

One of the homes.
One of the homes. / JOSELE
  • A donation from an anonymous businessman will see all care home residents and staff receive tests

Marbella town hall will carry out coronavirus testing in all five of the town's care homes, all of which are private, where there are 361 users and 304 workers.

Though no cases have been detected during the pandemic so far, care for the elderly has been among the highest priorities for the council, which closed its day centres (with 7,800 users) even before the state of alarm was declared and this week carried out its second round of disinfection in its care homes.

This latest initiative, which got under way on Wednesday, is being financed by a businessman from the town, who didn't want his identity to be revealed, and will be carried out by Helicópteros Sanitarios, a private hospital through which the tests have been acquired.

Some 1,500 tests are available and are also being made available to users of and workers at Aspandem, the Marbella association which works with people with disabilities.

The town hall has also purchased a further 1,500 tests out of its own budget with which front-line municipal employees will be voluntarily tested from Monday.