Spanish woman who 'died' of COVID returned 10 days later: newspaper

MADRID (Reuters) - An 85-year-old woman who her family believes died from the coronavirus surprised her relatives by returning to her nursing home nine days after her funeral, a newspaper reported on Sunday.
After confusing names, Rogelia Blanco's family was told that the retiree died of COVID-19 on January 13 and that her funeral would be the next day, La Voz de Galicia said. Due to coronavirus logs, they were unable to attend.
When she arrived fit and healthy at the nursing home in Xove, northern Spain, where her husband Ramón Blanco lived, on Saturday, he was overwhelmed, the newspaper said.
"I couldn't believe it. I cried after my wife died," he quoted him as saying, adding that it was the woman who shared a room with Blanco who died.
Quoting the San Rosendo Foundation, which runs the nursing home, the newspaper said the bug occurred when Blanco and other residents who tested positive for COVID-19 were moved to another nursing home for special treatment on December 29.
"Among the transferred elderly were two women who were assigned the same room," said the foundation, according to La Voz de Galicia. They were transferred to the Os Gozos residence in Pereiro de Aguiar, 223 km from Xove.
"An identification error during the transfer from Xove to Pereiro de Aguiar resulted in one of them being certified on January 13, although the identity was incorrectly assigned," it said.
The foundation regretted the "unfortunate incident," the newspaper said, citing the statement, adding, "This is a one-off event among the more than 100 remittances made to Os Gozos since last December."
A court has been informed to reverse the mistake about Blancos death, the statement said. The foundation did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
(Reporting by Graham Keeley; Editing by Philippa Fletcher)

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