Spain’s Equality Minister has tested positive for coronavirus and has been quarantined with her partner, Deputy Prime Minister, and Podemos leader, Pablo Iglesias, a Government statement said on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
The statement further said the minister, Irene Montero is in a good condition and second Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias is also in quarantine due to the situation. It also assured that all members of the government will undergo testing which the results would be published later today.
The announcement was made barely two hours before the government was to convene a special cabinet meeting to discuss an emergency plan of action to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
Although the meeting would go ahead, it would only include those ministers whose presence was essential, and all of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s upcoming appointments would be conducted by videoconference, the statement added.
The statement came as Spain struggles to handle a quadrupling of cases in three days, taking the number of infections above 2,000 and 48 dead, with Madrid the worst-hit area accounting for more than half of the cases.