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Corpses on Ice By Peter Ewer
Just be glad for small mercies, my dear old mother used to say, when we faced some misery. It can always get worse, so be humble and don’t tempt fate. Was she seeing Spain, in the future, that is, Spain today in the plague years?
“The first hearse arrived on Tuesday at Madrid's ice rink, hastily transformed into a makeshift mortuary as Spanish authorities scrambled to deal with a rising death toll from the coronavirus. Spain is Europe's second-hardest hit country after Italy, with 2,696 deaths and nearly 40,000 confirmed cases after 6,600 cases and more than 500 deaths were reported overnight, the sharpest daily increase since the start of the crisis. Approximately 14 percent of infections are among health workers. Authorities said on Monday facilities could not cope and agreed to transform the Palacio de Hielo mall, home to an Olympic-sized ice rink, into a morgue. Footage from Reuters TV showed vehicles at the building cordoned off by police officers in masks. The military disinfected 179 nursing homes on Monday and plan to clean another 96 on Tuesday, officials said.”
This is early days now, and we could see some a replay of some of the horrors of 1918 Spanish flu, which was originally from China as well, with the stacking of corpses.