Spain Minister infected with coronavirus


Spain’s democracy minister has been confirmed positive for coronavirus and quarantined with her husband, Deputy Prime Minister and Podemos chief Pablo Iglesias, the government’s statement said Thursday.

“The Minister (Irene Montero) is in safe health and the second Deputy Prime Minister, Pablo Iglesias, is now in quarantine because of the crisis,” the statement added.

“This morning, all representatives of the government will be checked,” he said, suggesting that the findings will be released later in the day.

The statement was made just two hours before the government called a special cabinet meeting to formulate an immediate course of action to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

While the meeting will take place, it would involve only those ministers whose participation was necessary, and all the upcoming decisions of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will be rendered by videoconference, the statement said.

The announcement comes as Spain had to cope with a quadrupling of cases in three days, putting the number of infections in excess of 2,000 and 48 killed, with Madrid the hardest affected region responsible for more than half of the cases.

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