Belgium’s Covid Santa death toll rises to 27 after infected father Christmas visited care home and spread virus to 127 residents

The death toll of a coronavirus outbreak in a care home linked to a Father Christmas party for the elderly last month has reached 27.

The Mol care centre in northern Belgium had organised a December 4 visit of the beloved figure who usually spreads mirth and presents, but there is a possibility the actor who played him could have been a super spreader of Covid-19 unbeknownst to himself.

The municipality said on New Year’s Eve that a 27th person had died but the outbreak was finally stabilising.

Belgium, a nation of 11.5 million, has been badly hit by the pandemic with 19,441 deaths so far, many of them in care homes.

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