Coronavirus latest: Spanish PM’s wife test positive for viral infection
Begona Gomez and her husband are doing well and remain at their official residence in Madrid, the Moncloa palace, the Government said in a statement. Ms Gomez joined thousands of demonstrators on International Women’s Day last Sunday, to protest the gender wage gap. Earlier this week, two of Sánchez’s ministers also tested positive for the virus.
This comes as the Spanish Government formally declared on Saturday a state of emergency, as new cases of the lethal virus continued to soar.
The country has been placed in a lockdown, with people ordered to stay at home for the next two weeks.
People will only be allowed to go outs if they need to buy food and medicine, go to work or hospital.
The curfew will come into effect on Monday morning.
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The decision was taken after a seven hour cabinet meeting, at the conclusion of which the Spanish Prime Minister addressed the nation on TV.
He told Spaniards that “extraordinary decisions” had to be taken as the country struggled with a “health, social and economic crisis”.
Spain is the worst affected country after Italy, with 6,251 cases of the virus and 193 deaths.
Mr Sanchez said that his Government would be in charge of organising and directing the fight against the contagion.
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He added that all the local, national and regional police forces would come under the command of the interior ministry.
In a further measure, the army has been placed on stand by to help with the emergency response.
Meanwhile, in the UK the British Government continued to ramp up its coronavirus action planning.
Boris Johnson called on UK manufacturers to boost production of ventilators and other medical equipment to prepare for a significant increase in the number of cases.
The Prime Minister has also warned private hospitals to prepare for an overspill of patients from the public health service.
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