MADRID (AFP) - Spanish squaddies deployed to help fight the new coronavirus outbreak have found elderly sufferers deserted, and on occasion dead from the disorder, at retirement houses, Spain s defence minister said Monday.

"we're going to be strict and rigid while dealing with the way old humans are handled in those residences," Defence Minister Margarita Robles stated in an interview with private television channel Telecinco.

"The army, at some point of certain visits, observed a few antique people absolutely deserted, now and again even useless of their beds," she introduced.

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An research has been launched, the general prosecutor announced.

The army has been charged with assisting to disinfect retirement homes in Spain, one of the nations worst hit through the pandemic. Dozens of deaths from COVID-19 had been recorded at facilities across the u . S ..

The coronavirus demise toll in Spain surged to 2,182 on Monday after 462 humans died inside 24 hours, in step with fitness ministry figures.

The elderly are mainly prone inside the worldwide pandemic and officials round the sector are an increasing number of calling for excessive measures to protect them.

Retirement houses are "an absolute priority for the authorities," fitness Minister Salvador Illa advised a press convention.

"we can exercise the maximum in depth tracking of those centres."

under coronavirus protocol, medical experts have been advised to leave bodies in place in suspected COVID-19 deaths until the appearance of a health practitioner. However given the upsurge in deaths the put off may be lengthy.