Spanish Prime Minister’s Wife Tests Positive for Coronavirus

By Reuters
March 15, 2020Europeshare
Spanish Prime Minister’s Wife Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and his wife Maria Begona Gomez Fernandez leave 10 Downing Street in central London on Dec. 3, 2019, after attending a reception hosted by Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the NATO alliance summit. (Niklas Halle'n/AFP via Getty Images)

Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish Prime minister Pedro Sanchez, has tested positive for coronavirus, the prime minister’s office said on March 14, adding that both were doing fine.

“The tests carried out in the last hours in Moncloa [the prime minister’s residence] on the people closest to the prime minister have tested positive in the case of his wife, Doña Begoña Gómez,” the statement read. “Both Mrs. Gómez and the president are well, both remain in La Moncloa and follow the preventive measures established by the health authorities at all times.”

Earlier on Saturday Sanchez announced that Spain’s 47 million inhabitants would be under partial lockdown as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the coronavirus epidemic in Europe’s second worst-affected country by the disease after Italy.

Effective immediately, all Spaniards must stay home except to buy food, medicines, go to work or to the hospital or for emergencies.

Bars, restaurants, and shops selling anything but food and other staples must shut down. All leisure and sports activities also have to close, including cinemas, theaters, swimming pools or football grounds.

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report

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