Spain’s equality minister tests positive for Coronavirus 


Spain’s equality minister, Irene Montero has contracted the coronavirus and has been quarantined with her partner, deputy prime minister Pablo Iglesias. 

The government disclosed this in a statement released on Thursday. 

“The minister (Irene Montero) is in a good condition and second deputy prime minister Pablo Iglesias is also in quarantine due to the situation,” the statement said. 

“This morning, all members of the government will undergo testing,” it added, indicating the results would be published later in the day. 

The announcement comes barely two hours before the government was to hold 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 said. 

In Spain, over 2,000 people have contracted the virus and 48 people have died, with Madrid the worst-hit area accounting for more than half of the cases. 

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