Wife of Spain's PM tests positive for coronavirus

Begoña Gómez, wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, tests positive for COVID-19 and is reportedly in good health.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Begona Gomez and Pedro Sanchez
Begona Gomez and Pedro Sanchez
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Spain’s government said on Saturday that the wife of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has tested positive for the new coronavirus, The Associated Press reports.

The government said Begoña Gómez and the prime minister are in good health and following the instructions of medical authorities at their residence in La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, the government seat.

Two ministers of Sánchez’s Cabinet, the minister of equality and the minister of regional affairs, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. The government said both are in good health as well.

The others members of the Cabinet have tested negative for the virus.

The government informed the media of Gómez’s infection shortly after Sánchez gave a nationally televised address to announce a battery of measures his government will take to combat the pandemic during a two-week state of emergency.

Prior to the address, Sánchez presided at a seven-hour Cabinet meeting that was attended by all the ministers except for the two who had tested positive, according to AP.

Health authorities said Saturday that coronavirus infections have reached 5,753 people in Spain, half of them in Madrid, since the first case was detected in late January. That represents a national increase of over 1,500 in 24 hours.

Gómez becomes the second wife of a world leader to test positive for coronavirus. On Thursday, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tested positive for the new coronavirus. She was placed in isolation.



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