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Nursing Homes in Portugal Have Had Difficulty in Recruiting Staff during the Pandemic

Αssociated Press

Two women wearing face masks pull their suitcases outside Lisbon s airport, Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese officials say nursing and care homes have had difficulty in recruiting staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Health Minister Marta Temido told a parliamentary committee Wednesday “the stigma attached to this illness is still very great.”

Specialist teams have visited about half of the country’s 2,628 licensed homes for the elderly to check whether proper procedures are in place.

Labor Minister Ana Mendes Godinho says in the past three years, authorities have shut down 407 clandestine homes, which have long been a problem in Portugal.