The death toll of a coronavirus outbreak in a care home linked to a Saint Nicolas party for the elderly last month has reached 27.
The Mol care center in northern Belgium had organised a December 4 visit of a saint who usually spreads mirth and presents.
The municipality said on New Year’s Eve that a 27th person had died but the outbreak was finally stabilising.
The Mol municipality said two weeks ago the party would have been barred had the local crisis cell known about it. At the last count, the care home had 88 infections, including 42 among the staff.
Initially, an actor had been pinpointed as the source of the outbreak, but subsequent scientific research could not be fully conclusive.
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.