Ronda nuns pray for help after Covid-19 outbreak at their care home

The Hermanitas de los Pobres residence in Ronda.
The Hermanitas de los Pobres residence in Ronda. / SUR
  • "The virus is like the Devil." A total of 42 positive coronavirus infections have been recorded among the nuns, staff and the residents

Nuns in Ronda have launched an urgent appeal for help in the face of a Covid-19 outbreak that has hit the care home they manage in the mountain town.

A total of 42 people have tested positive for the disease, two among the religious order, several among the workers, and the majority among the residents.

Sister María de los Ángeles said that money is needed to purchase medical supplies such as personal protective equipment and masks.

"We are not assisted by the authorities as God intended," she said and called on the Junta de Andalucía for urgent medical help. "Only the family doctor has come here," she said.

At the moment, the infected people have moved to one floor of the residence and the remainder to another.

The nun said that in general those affected are well, except for residents with other health complications.

The entire community received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in December and is waiting for the second. The first positive case in the care home was detected before the inoculations began.

"The virus is like the Devil"

Sister María de los Ángeles described the difficult situation they are going through: "It is bad, it has come to us suddenly."

“The virus is like the Devil, you cannot see it but it is there. The elderly have been confined for a long time and we are devastated since our job is to be with them and we cannot,” she said.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Las Hermanitas de los Pobres have not been able to go out to collect the donations that they usually receive, which has reduced their funds.

You can help the nuns with a donation to their bank accounts at Banco Popular (ES 86 0075 3471 96 0600363036), Unicaja (ES 64 2103 0166 37 0010113986) and Caixa Bank (ES 65 2100 14 41 6102 00261766) and also through Bizum on your mobile phone (01802).