Soldiers spray disinfectant on a Seoul street. From the psychiatric ward of a hospital to a group home for the disabled, the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is shedding new light on how the country’s mentally ill, disabled and elderly are treated. Photo: APSoldiers spray disinfectant on a Seoul street. From the psychiatric ward of a hospital to a group home for the disabled, the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is shedding new light on how the country’s mentally ill, disabled and elderly are treated. Photo: AP
Soldiers spray disinfectant on a Seoul street. From the psychiatric ward of a hospital to a group home for the disabled, the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is shedding new light on how the country’s mentally ill, disabled and elderly are treated. Photo: AP

Hidden away and forgotten: in South Korea, coronavirus emergency sheds light on how the old, disabled and mentally ill are treated

  • South Korea is scrambling to contain a coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 7,700 people and killed 60 in recent weeks
  • A hospital psychiatric ward where seven of the deaths occurred has raised alarm, as details have emerged about how patients have there lived for decades

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
Soldiers spray disinfectant on a Seoul street. From the psychiatric ward of a hospital to a group home for the disabled, the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is shedding new light on how the country’s mentally ill, disabled and elderly are treated. Photo: APSoldiers spray disinfectant on a Seoul street. From the psychiatric ward of a hospital to a group home for the disabled, the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is shedding new light on how the country’s mentally ill, disabled and elderly are treated. Photo: AP
Soldiers spray disinfectant on a Seoul street. From the psychiatric ward of a hospital to a group home for the disabled, the coronavirus outbreak in South Korea is shedding new light on how the country’s mentally ill, disabled and elderly are treated. Photo: AP
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