Former NATO chief Javier Solana infected with coronavirus


Former NATO secretary-general Javier Solana has contacted coronavirus.

A source close to the politician says he is being treated at a Madrid hospital.

“He tested positive and is evolving favourably,” the source told AFP, confirming a report in conservative newspaper ABC which said he had been hospitalised for the disease in the Spanish capital on Wednesday.

In a tweet sent to a well-wisher, the former Spanish foreign minister said he was “getting better”.

77-year old Solana served as NATO secretary-general from 1995 to 1999, then as the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2009.

Other politicians who have been infected are two members of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s cabinet as well as the leader of far-right party Vox, Santiago Abascal.

TV360 Nigeria reported that Spain confirmed more than 1,500 new cases of coronavirus between Friday and Saturday, raising its total to 5,753 cases, the second-highest number in Europe after Italy.


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